Thursday 27 October 2016

Old heads passing on valuable lessons to rookie Ringrose

Michael Verney

Published 02/10/2015 | 02:30

Garry Ringrose in action during Leinster training
Garry Ringrose in action during Leinster training

Garry Ringrose feels that being surrounded by leaders of the calibre of Isa Nacewa and Fergus McFadden is proving invaluable in his continued development.

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Having impressed on the wing against Cardiff Blues three weeks ago, Ringrose is hoping for another start against the Dragons tomorrow.

With so many Leinster players involved with Ireland's World Cup campaign, the former Blackrock College schoolboy is blessed to be in such close quarters with many experienced team-mates.

The 20-year-old is constantly learning about professional rugby from colleagues like Nacewa and McFadden.

"It's little things. How they carry themselves on and off the pitch," he said.

"I can just sit back and take notes and see what they're doing. I'm certainly lucky to have two successful guys like that.

"In training just watching what they do. . . and if I was doing something wrong they'd flag it.

"It wouldn't necessarily be something that I noticed, and they're certainly a massive help to me."

After being shortlisted for the 2014 World U-20 Player of the Year award, Ringrose turned heads when invited into the Irish senior training in November and was complimented by captain Paul O'Connell, Tommy Bowe and Les Kiss.

The prodigious talent realises that while the absence of so many big names gives him an opportunity for game-time, there are several others in the same boat vying to impress new head coach Leo Cullen.

"It's a huge opportunity but there's still so much competition in the group that I know it certainly doesn't mean it's going to be easy all of a sudden," he said.


"You have lads like McFadden, Cian Kelleher in the Academy, Darragh Fanning, Mick McGrath, Adam Byrne. The list goes on.

"It isn't easy and the competitive atmosphere is still here even with the international players gone."

Ringrose's preferred position is outside-centre but he feels current exposure on the wing is of huge benefit.

"If a transition into wing is what the coach wants and that's what's best for the team then I'm happy with that," he said.

"I think no matter what position I'd be playing in, to involved in the professional game I'll learn so much. It's one big learning process."

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