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Rugby Superstar Cian Healy gets SuperTough with Specsavers, Merrion Square Park, Dublin 22/5/2013

Fresh from the announcement of his inclusion in the 2013 British & Irish Lions Squad, Ireland and Leinster rugby super star Cian Healy was joined by some mini-fans to launch Specsavers search for Ireland's most Unbreakable Friendship.

To celebrate the launch, Specsavers will be embarking on a nationwide search this summer, to find Ireland's most Unbreakable Friendship. Entry forms are available in Specsavers' 44 stores nationwide, giving children the chance to win a fantastic adventure day out for them and their friends.

Pictured alongside Cian Healy is Hannah Mahony aged 6 from Swords, Mark Arraj aged 6 from Beaumount and Dan MacNeice aged 6 from Raheny

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REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Rugby Superstar Cian Healy gets SuperTough with Specsavers, Merrion Square Park, Dublin 22/5/2013 Fresh from the announcement of his inclusion in the 2013 British & Irish Lions Squad, Ireland and Leinster rugby super star Cian Healy was joined by some mini-fans to launch Specsavers search for Ireland's most Unbreakable Friendship. To celebrate the launch, Specsavers will be embarking on a nationwide search this summer, to find Ireland's most Unbreakable Friendship. Entry forms are available in Specsavers' 44 stores nationwide, giving children the chance to win a fantastic adventure day out for them and their friends. Pictured alongside Cian Healy is Hannah Mahony aged 6 from Swords, Mark Arraj aged 6 from Beaumount and Dan MacNeice aged 6 from Raheny Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Rugby Superstar Cian Healy gets SuperTough with Specsavers, Merrion Square Park, Dublin 22/5/2013 Fresh from the announcement of his inclusion in the 2013 British & Irish Lions Squad, Ireland and Leinster rugby super star Cian Healy was joined by some mini-fans to launch Specsavers search for Ireland's most Unbreakable Friendship. To celebrate the launch, Specsavers will be embarking on a nationwide search this summer, to find Ireland's most Unbreakable Friendship. Entry forms are available in Specsavers' 44 stores nationwide, giving children the chance to win a fantastic adventure day out for them and their friends. Pictured alongside Cian Healy is Hannah Mahony aged 6 from Swords, Mark Arraj aged 6 from Beaumount and Dan MacNeice aged 6 from Raheny Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

LOOSEHEAD Cian Healy hopes Ireland coach Joe Schmidt "is going to bring what he's brought to Leinster" – a winning habit.

What Schmidt has brought is six finals, three won, two lost and one, the Pro12 League final against Ulster at the RDS on Saturday, yet to be contested.

While the ultimate reward is trophies, there is a long, arduous road to glory that encompasses all-round improvements in skill and attention to detail.

Schmidt improves the overall by also making the individual better: "I've thrown two skip passes for tries this season, so he's done something right hasn't he?" said Healy.

 

Success

"He's continued that breed of success and how perfect everything is move-wise.

"Joe is pretty to the button about his moves and where you are supposed to be. Having that put into Ireland on his level would be great."

There is one more final farewell for Schmidt and Healy admits it would be "devastating" if Leinster were to lose their fourth Pro12 League final in a row.

It is not because arch-enemies Ulster stand between them and the second leg of an unprecedented double. It is simply "because we've lost them before".

"It doesn't matter what the opposition is, losing a final is something terrible, something you don't want to do," Healy said, at the launch of Specsavers' launch for Ireland's Most Unbreakable Friendship yesterday.

"We've been working hard on our moves and where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do to try and not make that happen again.

"The last couple of years, there has been success bred into Leinster, a thrive for success and a want to win and continuously be the best and play the best.

"Whether we've played well or poor, if something doesn't pull off right, that's something that hurts," he said.

Leinster have come up 10 points short of a double against Munster and one against the Ospreys in the last two seasons.

"We have the mental side of that sorted out. We have learned from the past from winning Heineken Cups and basking in the happiness of that," Healy warned.

 

Clinical

"It doesn't pay off well for you come the next week. This time around we've been pretty clinical in our thinking and how we've trained in keeping that goal set in our minds.

"Everyone has just been tactically perfect. The meetings have been good. They have been point-by-point which they always are. Joe (Schmidt) has that nailed down.

"Training has been going well. You can see everyone has their heads clued-in, hunting for the second trophy."

Healy is not one to dwell on the past. He likes to move on quickly. It is just as well as he will make the transition from Leinster to Lion within 24 hours of the PRO12 final.

How damaging would it be to take a defeat against Ulster into his greatest challenge yet – nailing down the Lions' No 1 Test jersey?

"It is something we want to win going forward as a club and personally. I tend to park defeats and leave them. That's that."


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