It takes a special kind of player and person to thrive in the Gloucester front-five.
Every tight-five forward has to work extremely hard to make an impression at Kingsholm.
Overnight successes are pretty rare.
So if players take a while to bed in and force their way into the side, it does not mean they are not good enough – it means we have the right levels of competition.
Dan Murphy has had to wait behind Nick Wood for the majority of the season, after signing from London Irish in the summer.
The loosehead prop has found his chances limited because of Woody’s hugely impressive form.
When someone’s playing that well, there’s little you can do other than bide your time, work hard in training and take the chances when they come.
The fans might not have seen a whole lot of Murph, but we’ve seen his quality in training.
Our coaches brought Dan in for a reason: because he’s got the quality to be at a club like Gloucester, to play in the Gloucester front-five.
And it isn’t just anybody that can do that.
Woody’s out for the rest of the season now with a ruptured pectoral muscle, so now Dan has the chance he’s been waiting for.
He’s really had to step up in training, and we’ve all seen him do just that.
Dan’s got his chance to prove just how much of a talent he is now: I’m sure he won’t waste it.
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