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Future looks bright for Leinster

Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00

Leinster's win in Cardiff apart, it was a less than fruitful return for Irish teams in Magners League action. It was particularly disappointing for Ulster and Munster as both fielded fairly formidable sides.

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For Michael Cheika and Leinster, it was a productive trip to the new Cardiff City stadium, both in terms of the result but, even more significantly, the ongoing development of exciting young talent in the guise of Fergus McFadden, Eoin O'Malley and Andrew Conway.

McFadden and O'Malley, individually and as a midfield combination, made for the winning difference, with clever and varied angles of running asking serious questions of their vastly experienced immediate opponents. As for Conway, not alone is he just 18 and the same age as most in senior schools rugby but almost uniquely he is still underage for Senior Cup competition.

Already established in the Blackrock club side, he is now tracing the very same steps as Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald before him. The third of a remarkably talented Williamstown school trio.

Irish Independent

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