Munster coach Johann van Graan impressed with Calvin Nash's progress

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Munster coach Johann van Graan impressed with Calvin Nash's progress

Munster's Calvin Nash is tackled by Brandon Thomson, of Glasgow Warriors, during Friday night's Guinness Pro14 fixture in Cork

MUNSTER head coach Johann van Graan says he has been very impressed with the form of younger winger Calvin Nash since he arrived at the province last summer.

Nash has now made four appearances for Munster in the Pro14 this season, including two starts, the most recent of which came against Glasgow in Cork on Friday night.

The 20-year-old Young Munster clubman started in place of Andrew Conway who was forced to cry off the starting team before kick-off.

Nash made his PRO14 debut when he started on the wing away to Edinburgh in February 2017 and won his first Ireland U20 cap against Italy the following month, going on to captain the side against France, Wales and England.

Nash was unfortunate not to pick up his second try in the Pro14 when brushing off the touchline on his way to touching down superbly in the second half.

Van Graan said: “Calvin has impressed me since I came here. He came on against Zebre back in November and you guys might remember the 40 minutes against Ulster he was very impressive.

“You know he’s a short man but so physical and I thought again tonight those young backs of ours really brought it.

“​It was a great finish (for the try that was chalked off due to a foot in touch). We as coaches immediately watched it back like I said great work from Jimmy to put that ball, but unlucky that he touched the line and you know it’s small margins.”

“Andrew (Conway) was released from Irish camp to train with us for two day. At captain’s (run) he felt he wasn’t 100% to go and I said to the guys it’s 100% for this physical battle.”