Owen Farrell just can’t stop inspiring Ireland star Cian Healy

Cian Healy’s day off after the Bledisloe Cup went well beyond sleeping in and sneaking out at night to watch the U.S. men’s national team.

The scrumhalf announced Monday that he’s decided to enter England’s “Rugby World Cup to be Played in 2019,” which will be hosted by Japan, by amending his filing for selection on Ireland’s squad for next year’s Six Nations Championship. For rugby purists, the decision’s understandable, given Healy’s performances in New Zealand this summer, where he partnered with the likes of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to help the team win a record 36th international match. But it comes amid calls for Healy to rejoin club rugby, and to allow Healy to be part of the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Because of Healy’s late-breaking move and subsequent registration, he isn’t guaranteed a place in Ireland’s squad for the Spring Tour.

“I know I’m going to get sacked for this, and I’ve made the right choice,” he said. “The short-term decision of a short training camp has made the long-term decision.

“I won’t be kicking away my dinner anytime soon.”

Healy added that he’s staying with the national team, and that there’s no need for him to rejoin his former Leinster team. And he appears just as determined to keep playing and leading Ireland to World Cup glory.

“If I’m selected for the Lions tour that won’t be in the back of my mind,” he said. “I will be playing for Ireland.

“I’m not going anywhere.

“I’ve got a very demanding job to do. There are not a lot of times you get the chance to put it right like now.

“I’ve got to dedicate all my time to rugby.”

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