Sunday 22 January 2017

Forget about last year - new tests await

Johnny O'Connor

Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30

'I once played with Lawrence Dallaglio six days after he won a World Cup. That is what you call leadership and class.' Picture; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
'I once played with Lawrence Dallaglio six days after he won a World Cup. That is what you call leadership and class.' Picture; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

The greats of sport win a game and they forget about it the week after, writes Johnny O'Connor.

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They park it and immediately they switch focus and start to plan for the next game and then the next one after that.

Any of the players that I have been around, that have won a lot and continued to be successful, have all been incredible in their ability to park success and kick on to new challenges.

I once played with Lawrence Dallaglio six days after he won a World Cup. That is what you call leadership and class.

When I was with Wasps back then, it was just after England had won the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia but all of their internationals returned and played a game with us straight away.

They knew who their club was and they wanted to win the double that year. And it's great to see team-mates who do things like that because it sets the tone for everyone.

Winning stuff is a nice warm feeling, it's good for any player and any team but you need to re-focus afterwards. Everyone has goals and I'm sure this Connacht side will be ready for a big match against Ospreys.

The people that really accomplished great things in sport resist the things that make you go soft and keep their edge.

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