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Rob Kearney on...

MATT O'CONNOR . . .

"What I like most about him is that he is very attack-orientated. Leicester have scored the most tries in the Premiership for the last two years."

LEINSTER'S JOE SCHMIDT . . .

"We are hearing so much about Alex Ferguson. He built teams over the years by giving guys opportunities. Every good coach will do that. They give the opportunity. It is up to the player to take it."

IRELAND'S JOE SCHMIDT . . .

"He might look at the Ireland team and see that the players bring something different to the Leinster players and he might have to adapt.

"But he is very adaptable. In fact, it is one of the things he wants us to be at Leinster – adaptable players. If you are not adaptable, you won't be able to play differently on any given day."

THE 2013 LIONS . . .

"It might be a little different this time. I was so naive in 2009. I now know the enormity of it because I have been there.

"There is more pressure to win this time around, I think."

JARED PAYNE'S IRELAND ELIGIBILITY BY 2014 . . .

"Of course I have been eyeing up that situation. It just gives added competition, another guy who's looking for that jersey.

"He has had a superb season at Ulster and I would imagine as time goes on and he becomes more comfortable there his form will keep on improving."


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