Saturday 3 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Heaslip uncovered

Published 22/01/2011 | 05:00

Jamie Heaslip isn't happy among the customers. He feels out of sync, clumsy. Saturday was his first time missing a game through injury since he was 17. Ten years. Leinster put him high in the RDS stand, filming set-pieces and the cold burrowed into him with pewter knuckles.

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"Absolutely hated it," he sighs.

He is sitting in a room in Naas clubhouse now, puffs of breath rising from his words like shots of steam. The ankle is raised and safely entombed in a protective casing. He could give a running seminar on its stubborn progress, but that would be just a scenic route to the bottom line.

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