MUNSTER centre Cian Bohane says he is approaching the new season without any fear after recovering from a 12-month injury nightmare.
Bohane has been sidelined for 12 months after he ruptured both his anterior cruciate ligament and posterolateral corner in a pre-season game against London Irish at the Waterford RSC in August of last year.
However, the resilient 24 year old has worked his way back to full fitness and will start at outside centre for Munster in tonight (Friday) night’s friendly clash with Connacht at Thomond Park, 7.45pm.
Bohane said: “Yeah, it has been very tough. When you’re faced with a long-term injury it’s a tough thing to get around at the start.
“They were saying at the time that it is one of those things where you have to turn a negative into a positive and try focus on other things so I tried to focus on myself and my studies and rehabbing as best I could.
“I focused on the S & C stuff as best I could and the mental side of the game as well.
“I’m coming into the season with no fear. I’ve realised now how easily this can all be taken away from you.
“It’s just one of those things where you have to enjoy it as players.
“Because you’re doing it day in day out, you can take it for granted a lot.
“It’s on those cold wet windy November days that you want to be on the pitch with the lads but you’re stuck in the gym.
“You just want to be out there so I’m just delighted to be back now.”