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Sunday 25 June 2017

Ringrose happy to let his actions do the talking on pitch

Garry Ringrose turning on the style during training. SPORTSFILE
Garry Ringrose turning on the style during training. SPORTSFILE
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

There have been enough signs this season to suggest that Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose will be Leinster and indeed Ireland's first-choice centre partnership for many years to come, but it is easy to forget that this is still their first campaign together.

Henshaw has already spoken about growing into his role as the elder statesman, which is quite a feat for a 23-year-old.

For Ringrose, this season has been all about establishing himself on the big stage, and he while he has certainly done that, he is aware that he is not the finish article just yet.

For both players, one of the biggest challenges they face is becoming more vocal leaders on the pitch.

While Henshaw and Ringrose would both rather let their rugby do the talking, behind the scenes at Leinster this season, there has been an extra emphasis on their midfielders to speak out more often.

It's not an easy job but it is one that makes a great defender. There is a reason Jared Payne is so highly valued by every coach he plays under and Henshaw will certainly have learned a lot from his time playing alongside the Kiwi.

Bark

"The challenge for players, they can bark and shout all they want, but it's about being clear and concise with communication," Ringose says, hitting the nail on the head.

"I work with the coaching staff and other players to try to be the best version of that I can be myself. It can be tricky but certainly when the whistle starts, the competitive edge will come out of me. It is usually a win at all costs mentality.

"What's brilliant is that at Leinster everyone is encouraged to pipe up and if you see something you should say it and it doesn't matter whether you are first-year Academy or have 100 caps for Leinster.

"If there is something you feel can benefit the squad, whether analysing the opposition squad, or something that can benefit your own team, you are encouraged to say it.

"I would talk as much as the next guy in terms of offering my insight without trying to be taking over.

"I suppose it is a happy medium between the players and coaches giving insight."

After vocal leaders like Eoin Reddan and Luke Fitzgerald retired last year, younger players such as Henshaw and Ringrose have had to step into the breach, and the latter believes that they have done so in the correct manner.

Opportunities

"A lot of young guys have been given opportunities this year which has been incredible," Ringrose maintains.

"And we are all encouraged to throw our two cents in and try to improve and better the team. It is certainly evident in meetings and on the pitch.

"Over 50 guys have played for Leinster this season so the experience is growing all the time.

"We're all encouraged to do what we can do to better the side. A lot of us aren't as established as some of the others. We have to grab the opportunity with both hands and dive head first into it.

"There's no point in us sitting back and being timid, not being the best versions of ourselves in order to contribute to the team."

The Scarlets arrive at the RDS this evening and Ringrose accepts that Leinster will have to be at their best, saying: "They managed to turn over Munster and put a good scoreline up. There are not many teams in Europe or the PRO12 who have done that."

Irish Independent

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