Monday 18 December 2017

Easterby On . . .

Simon at the Scarlets

“He’s good. He hated it last year, trying to play and do forwards coach as well, but this year he’s just doing the defence and he’s a lot happier. There would have been some amount of slagging if we had beaten them last week, but maybe it was just as well we agreed on the draw.”

Leinster injury crisis

“It’s not ideal, particularly with Rob (Kearney), Luke (Fitzgerald) and Brian (O’Driscoll) all being backs. But we hope to have Luke back at the turn of the year. He’s such a professional, he’s doing everything asked of him in rehab, and the fact that Kevin McLaughlin and Stan Wright should be back after Christmas is good news, too.”

Declan Kidney

“I’ve a lot of respect for Declan, his record shows what a quality manager he is, brilliant at getting expertise around him – just look at who he has with Ireland. I was here when he coached Leinster and I suppose it was difficult the way it ended, especially with Declan going on to win two Heineken Cups with Munster. I think he’d handle the exit differently if he could do it again, but he had genuine reasons to leave and there’s no issue with it.”

Leo Cullen

“He has such a big influence and I think himself and Shane (Jennings) coming back to us from Leicester was hugely significant in Leinster winning the Heineken Cup. I was surprised he did not feature in the November Internationals, particularly with (Paul) O’Connell unavailable, because he has a very similar sort of presence.”

Ireland Career

“I have regrets. My passing was always something I was criticised for and, even though I worked hard at it, if I could go back and do it again I would work even harder at it, or perhaps, more importantly, be seen to work hard at it.”

Warren Garland's sacking as Ireland coach

“Gats was good to me; he gave me my first cap. I remember when Kieron Dawson rang me to tell me he was gone, it was a bit of a shock. There had been rumblings around the squad for a while and I think player power came into it. To be fair to Eddie (O’Sullivan), he brought us on, too, when he came.”

One to watch

“We are lucky that we have a lot of talented youngsters at Leinster and you’ve seen the progress made by Rhys (Ruddock) and Dominic (Ryan). I think Jack McGrath at prop is a player to look out for. He is very close and I think he has a big future at Leinster.”

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