I was told I wasn't good enough, says Ireland star Ringrose
Six years ago, Garry Ringrose was sent to play social rugby at Blackrock College after struggling to make the grade. Now, he is a star for Ireland and Leinster who narrowly missed out on selection for the British and Irish Lions.
In 'Lineout' magazine, free with the Irish Independent today, the shining light of the Irish midfield tells Rúaidhrí O'Connor how a relaxed approach and an aptitude for learning turned his career around.
Aged just 22, Ringrose is already earning favourable comparisons to Brian O'Driscoll - who in turn has been a strong advocate of the youngster's ability, even touting him as a potential Lion. With all the praise in his direction, Ringrose remains extremely grounded.
"Once I go out into the game, it's just putting into practice all of the work; whether it's mental rehearsal or what you've done in training or talked through with other players and coaches; it's just a chance to nail it," he said of his approach. "It's trying to be the best version of myself," said Ringrose.
The last few weeks have been extremely busy for champion golfer and committed rugby fan Rory McIlroy, and he took time out between his stag party in Miami and his wedding in Mayo to answer the 'Lineout' Q&A in which he reveals his love of books, what's on his playlist, his favourite boxsets and also his work with the Rory Foundation, which hosts the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart in July.
The 40-page glossy magazine includes eight pages of 'Street Smart' menswear, featuring high street heroes and covetable designer pieces - styled with a twist.
There's shopping ideas, grooming with Darren Kennedy plus gadgets with Ronan Price and Mike Ross, the Ireland and Leinster prop who retired from the game this week.