Byrne: Senior guys have helped my confidence
In-form winger Adam Byrne has praised the influence of the senior players at Leinster as they have helped him to rediscover his confidence.
Byrne has played in Leinster's last two Pro12 games and has scored four tries, including an impressive hat-trick against Zebre last time out.
He is set to get more chances in the starting XV in the coming weeks and the Kildare native is determined to make the most of them.
The majority of the Leinster players who weren't away on international duty were afforded a week off but college requirements meant that Byrne stayed at home which also allowed him to get in some extra work on the training pitch.
It is such dedication that has impressed Leo Cullen and his coaching staff and Byrne admitted that he has learned the importance of having confidence in his own ability.
"I had a good go in pre-season, I got to play in the pre-season games," Byrne said.
"Then it's just up to the coaches whether they pick you or not, but I've been plugging away at training and waiting for my opportunity.
"You realise, whenever the internationals are on, a few players leave, so there's a bit more of a chance for you. I've been having conversations with the coaches, and trying my best in training. It's always good to get an opportunity, and you just have to take them.
"I think it's important to be confident in yourself. Especially to portray it on the pitch. It comes off the back of training, off the back of little chats.
"Like I said, Isa (Nacewa) has been a great mentor, Zane (Kirchner) has been a great mentor, the two Kearneys, Ferg (McFadden). I've learned a lot off everyone in the positions I play in. Just chatting to them in training, they give you good feedback.
"We're a real tight-knit bunch. There's that real brotherhood there. We all give each other that confidence, and then it's just bringing it to the field. I think just little things in training, and just the conversations with the players and coaches, it builds your confidence."