Peter Bills: ‘Leinster have one of the best front rows in Europe’
They live in a closed, largely sealed off world. Here, a kind of omerta, a code of silence, exists. Even those standing a few feet away cannot discern the manoeuvrings and wily ways of the rugby front-row men.
Thus, how do we interpret the praise bestowed upon Leinster's front row by one of their opponents in Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final? Especially when you reveal the fact that the Toulouse prop passing compliments about his likely opponents knew one of them back in South Africa where they both learned their trade.
This is complicated; the honest truth or a double bluff? For Daan Human, Toulouse's first-choice loosehead prop and one of the best in the world in his position, says "I still think Leinster have one of the best front rows in Europe.