The strategy was to get David Breen’s daddy to have the car running outside Semple Stadium to knock him back to Shannon Airport on Sunday to get a night flight back to Birmingham, in time for a Monday morning in the therapy table at Coventry, currently home to English Premiership rugby club Wasps.
Breen is among four physiotherapists in the club that needed a 40-10 win over Newcastle Falcons.
It was a match Breen should have been for but the juggling act that he and his boss in the club have engaged in allowing him to continue his club hurling career kicked in.
“I missed the Newcastle match on Saturday, I had been down to do that and, in fairness, he said they’d get one of the other physios to perform it and fly me back on the Friday night. I compensate for it although I’ve missed a couple of games. He gets me in when I’m back.”
Wasps don’t have a match before next Sunday so Monday coaching was shelved, letting the flight to be canceled by Breen and celebrate a Munster club title for Na Piarsaigh in the fourth effort, as luck would have it.
Breen chipped in Unbelievably with 2 goals, the second a bullet which has been the crowning glory to some.
Balancing his career – he worked with Leinster – he confessed with a high level club involvement needs a whole lot of compromise from the Na Piarsaigh direction and Wasps.
“It had been from my hands after moving over to England to be truthful,” said Breen.
“It had been up to the direction whether they desired me to still be involved and if they felt it was reasonable to the rest of the panel.
“I had been happy enough to attempt to keep doing it. It had been the biggest challenge by far. It is 1 thing residing in Dublin and pushing down to train from Dublin but when you are in a country that is different, it’s a different kettle of fish.
“You’re relying on with a Friday evening or a Saturday match so you’re able to work the sport and then fly from Birmingham later and then requesting Shane O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh manager) to have the training on the Sunday.
“You get into Dublin on Saturday night, train on the Sunday down house and then fly out again. That’s it, simply co-ordinating it, taking a look at the fixture list and in the event you can get 1 man to cover a game here or there.”
At Wasps English internationals Joe Launchbury, Elliot Daly, James Haskell and Nathan Hughes are among those under his care, as well as former Leinster players Marty Moore and Jimmy Gopperth, and the group in general have taken a interest in.
Exercise is hard. He had planned on teaming up with Warwickshire but broke a bone in his ankle earlier in the year and that connection did not materialise.
A physiotherapist colleague having a background in baseball has taken to joining him for regular puck arounds so much instruction is an obvious concern, but missing out on. Having the co-operation of his companies is the requirement.
“It says that a huge amount about them. When guys are playing with with themselves, they appreciate and players appreciate so they have been pleased to ease it, in reason that you know high-level game yourself.
“There are four physios around and they have been rather good at filling in here and there and I will cover for them also. I probably will not have much of a Christmas.
“It will be a little less hectic at least. My boss within Wasps is probably thrilled that the competitive match is not until February, requires a little bit of heat off him. But look, they’ve been really good on each side.”
Breen has been a mainstay of this Na Piarsaigh revolution in Limerick and Munster that had witnessed them expand their unbeaten provincial sequence .
“We are proud of it. We don’t think about the records too much. If anything we are more disappointed that we’ve got that whole year on-year off bicycle (they’ve won Limerick and Munster names in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017).
“That’s a struggle for us in itself to attempt to do a calendar year, then do the following year. So I feel that is a psychological thing as far as anything else.”
Breen admits he would find it difficult to pull away from his team at this stage with the momentum they have.
“You remember the bad days. When we scored three things I made reference to our first ever county closing and 2009. This has been a hard one to take. We had a mixture of older and young that afternoon and we played an team which was in the peak of their abilities.
“We were nobodies really. When we got to a county quarter-final that year which could have been an incentive for us to come back and determine where we’re at today, you don’t want t miss nowadays. You wish to try and still be involved. It is sweet.”