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Cullen insists Leinster minds focused on Euro vision as sides get set for Heineken

THE four provinces gathered at Lansdowne Road yesterday to launch the Heineken Cup campaign. Des Berry assesses the mood in the different camps.


Coach Joe Schmidt: "I certainly, personally, feel more pressure than we've ever had in my three years."

Captain Leo Cullen: "In Europe, it is very hard to lose games. You can be out of the competition so quickly. It focuses the mind."


Coach Rob Penney: "I am blown away by the level of talent we have available to us. We have to put old heads on young shoulders."

Captain Doug Howlett: "There is certainly expectation around the Munster team to progress further into the Cup. The expectation and anticipation is high."


Coach Mark Anscombe: "Any new job, you are moving in for someone else. People say you've got to win it. We want silverware. We haven't got that yet. We want to do that."

Captain Johann Muller: "He (Ruan Pienaar) has probably got one of the best kicking games in world rugby as a nine. Whichever team he plays in, he will have a huge amount (of kicks)."


Coach Eric Elwood: "He'll (Robbie Henshaw) play for Ireland. That's what I see in him. He has great ability. He can play at thirteen or fifteen."

Captain Gavin Duffy: "It (the Leinster game) didn't magically appear. We knew it was there. The key and the trick now is to replicate it. We need to get that level of performance, and better, in the coming weeks."