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Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00

Losing the Magners League final

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"It was a huge achievement to win the Heineken Cup, but we weren't able to do the double and maybe it's too soon, too close to the front of people's minds, including my own.

"I do think that there is a level of expectation at Leinster, it's not about playing for Leinster, it's about winning things for Leinster.

"I certainly tried to put it to one side, but it's difficult enough. It does hurt."

Joe Schmidt

"Joe has a phenomenal brain for rugby. He knows so much about every facet of the game and he's able to talk to players in all sorts of positions about their particular position.

"Other coaches wouldn't have that ability. He's done a little bit of everything and he's done it really well. It puts the pressure on him next year, I suppose, having had the success this year, but I'm sure he'll rise to it."

Winning for Leinster

"There were those in the dressing room this season who hadn't added to the trophy cabinet since we arrived to the club. I'm talking about myself, Nathan Hines, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross.

"This was our second season and we hadn't helped put anything in the locker yet. To feel at home in that dressing room, you want to have contributed to that trophy cabinet so you can feel part of the success that the organisation is currently trying to achieve."

Losing Rob Kearney to injury

"Missing Rob was a huge thing, he's an unbelievable player.

"Because the guys did well when Rob wasn't there, you might say we didn't miss Rob much, but the reality is that Rob would have added a huge amount to us this season and he was sorely missed."

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