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The blue conveyor belt and David Nucifora's plan - Why Leinster want the IRFU to butt out of their business

Brendan Fanning


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IRFU performance director David Nucifora. Photo: Sportsfile

IRFU performance director David Nucifora. Photo: Sportsfile

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IRFU performance director David Nucifora. Photo: Sportsfile

Two days ago, Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster gave an update on the walking wounded in his squad.

Had it been a weather forecast it would have painted a picture of sunny skies, with the prospect of more good weather around the corner.

So not only is Dan Leavy doing well on his comeback trail from the horrendous and complicated injury he suffered in the European quarter-final against Ulster last year, but Jack Conan is on target to travel with the squad for their South African games on the last two weekends of March.

In the first place this is further testament to Leavy's perseverance. And in the second it's a reminder than Conan – whose thunder has been stolen by Caelan Doris and Max Deegan – hasn't gone away.

Lancaster would make the point that competition is the ultimate antidote for complacency. In which case the lazy bug hasn't a chance of survival anywhere near his squad.