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Heaslip backs Leinster and drug testing process


Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip was forthright in his opinion about recent allegations of drug use in rugby.

"I think the processes that are in place work," he said.

"I've lost count how many times I've been tested - blood, urine, they do it all. Many times, they call to the house. They call here (Leinster)."

Sadly, Fergus McFadden needed the medical intervention of surgery to his thumb earlier this week. He will be out for four to five weeks.

Props Marty Moore and Cian Healy are really motoring through their rehabilitation and could be back as early as round five of The Champions Cup in January.

All the while, captain Heaslip sits in nodding silence, sharing the pain of losing McFadden and the gain of Moore and Healy's faster-than-expected returns.

Mr Unbreakable simply does not know what it is to lift, sweat and strain through the pain barrier in the name of coming back because he is always available for selection.

"What am I 10 days off 31? Just like Benjamin Button, I'm getting younger as I go on," he said, as he approaches veteran status.

He doesn't spend too many minutes looking back on his career. But, the 2009 quarter-final at The Stoop still resonates.

"Oh yeah, I don't forget things, I'm not my old man yet!" he said

"I was talking to some of the lads earlier about it. Rossy played in that game against us. It was just a slog fest.

"Jimmy Gopperth was saying it was his first season in England and he was watching it and it literally felt like it was standing there going toe to toe with someone.

"I'll punch you and you punch me and we'll see who falls over first."

As the history books show, not even the scandal of 'Bloodgate' could get Harlequins over the line.

The Naas man was not about to sell the current Quins short.

"They are a passionate team at home and well drilled team.

"They know what they are doing right down the spine of the team (Nick) Easter, (Chris) Robshaw, Danny (Care) and Nick Evans.

"They know what they are and run the team really well and everyone feeds off that."