Fit Corey Flynn fancies another NPC title
Corey Flynn, remember him? Former All Black, Crusaders hard man and master of the popular chicken-wing try celebration.
It seems like an eternity since the likeable rogue was on a rugby field even though it's been only five weeks since the Crusaders were humbled by the Chiefs in the Super Rugby semifinal. Although, when you consider the amount of rugby on offer these days, anything over two weeks out of the game is considered as a sabbatical in footy parlance.
But fear not, Flynn is back and he's champing to get back out with the old leather and do some good for Canterbury in their search for a fifth consecutive national provincial rugby title starting today when he joins the red and blacks, albeit from the bench in their clash with Wellington this afternoon (4.35pm kickoff) at AMI Stadium.
"I'm calling it my own wee sabbatical, it was good," Flynn said.
"I have been able to play for the last couple of weeks. There were a few wee niggles I needed to get sorted but it made sense to take a good break and recharge.
"I got to spend some time doing the family thing - picking up and dropping off the kids from school and playgroup, and it's been good to be able to do that stuff because quite often you don't get the chance.
"But I am really excited about getting back out and playing some rugby. It feels like it's been quite a while since I last played. I bet there is some rust to come out of the lungs."
Flynn's return to rugby was initially earmarked for next weekend but the need to get some matchplay before a possible Ranfurly Shield challenge proved too much.
"I went to Tabs [Matson] and asked whether I could come back this week. We have a potentially really big game next week which I didn't want to go into without any rugby.
"But we have a really important match this week as well. Wellington are going to be a tough outfit who are in form and playing some really good rugby.
"I hope I get some game time, but Ben [Ben Funnell] has been playing some really good rugby at the moment and has the confidence behind him."
Easily the oldest member of this year's squad at 31, Flynn says his passion and desire are still there.
"Rugby is what gets me out of bed in the morning."
He has a list of personal goals, the first of which is a fifth consecutive national title with Canterbury, but with another year on his contract at the Crusaders the lure of a Super Rugby title is also in the back of his mind.
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