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Gloucester Rugby: Shane Monahan aiming to make up for lost time

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

Shane Monahan aiming to make up for lost time with Gloucester

GLOUCESTER wing Shane Monahan has outlined his desperation to establish himself in “one of the best back lines in Europe”.

The Irishman has endured a frustrating season at Kingsholm that has been blighted by niggling injuries and a lack over opportunities.

He has made just five Premiership appearances for his club but having overcome a slight groin problem he is hoping for an opportunity to shine against Bath.

"I love playing with the team because there is such talent and depth in it," said Monahan. "It is one of the best back lines in Europe.

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"It is just a case of consistency and mentally keeping focus for the full 80 minutes. Once we get that sorted there is no limit to what we can do.

"I think some of the lads in the pack were struggling a bit with the new rule changes, which is never easy - to basically be trained your whole life in one way and then be told you can't do it that way anymore.

"We are slowly getting better and Trevor Woodman is coming in now to help with the scrummaging so the signs for the future are very bright."

Monahan faces plenty of competition for a spot on the wing with Jonny May, Charlie Sharples, Martyn Thomas and the injured James Simpson-Daniel all currently in the squad.

The 26-year-old was impressed with May’s exploits on the international stage and he is relieved to be competing with the England star rather than defending against him.

Monahan added: "Jonny is an interesting character off the field - but even more so when he is on the field.

"He brings a huge amount to the table. As a defender you wouldn't like to defend against him because he is so unpredictable in what he can do.

"He is younger than me but I can learn a hell of a lot from him in terms of rugby and hopefully I can teach him some things as well. We bounce off each other and there is a good camaraderie in the team.

"There is always competition - I want to be starting ahead of him and he wants to be starting ahead of me - and it is for the betterment of Gloucester Rugby."

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