Friday 30 September 2016

Off The Ball: Jennings exit another blow as Blues lose ruthless edge

Donny Mahoney

Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30

Shane Jennings is just one of many leaders that Leinster have lost in the last 12 months
Shane Jennings is just one of many leaders that Leinster have lost in the last 12 months

And so the curtain comes down on Shane Jennings' formidable career in blue.

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Tributes have rightly poured in for Jennings' colleague Gordon D'Arcy, who's also hanging up his Leinster jersey shortly, but the back-row will leave a massive void behind him at the RDS and his loss is hard to quantify.

One of the facts I've gleaned from working with Brian O'Driscoll on the show is the massive presence that Jennings had in the Leinster dressing room, his hunger for the grittier parts of the game and his love for playing Munster.

He is just one of many leaders that Leinster have lost in the last 12 months.

What's becoming clear is that there is a generation gap at the club, a subtle gulf between those the architects of Leinster's glorious years and those who have come to inhabit that house subsequently.

On Monday's show, Alan Quinlan paid homage to the ruthlessness that once defined Leinster. Those who watched the dour 80 minutes between Leinster and Treviso on Friday night, as Jennings did from the stands at the RDS, will know that something is off.

That ruthlessness, amongst other traits, is either hibernating or gone entirely

In the next year, the Leinster coaching staff and players will either figure a way to extend that legacy or watch it flutter into history.

Irish Independent

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