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Eoin Reddan

Eoin Reddan

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Eoin Reddan

While the international games have been good to current Connacht players, I was particularly happy to see another former Sportsground man, Eoin Reddan, named Ireland captain against Georgia.

I played with Eoin at Connacht and again for a season at Wasps and he is a great fella and a super player. Sometimes people don't realise the setbacks that players face in their careers, so for a guy like Eoin - who has had his fair share - to come through it all and get that recognition is satisfying.

He went through the doldrums for a long time when he was in Munster and I'm sure he questioned whether he should keep on playing. But sometimes you need to go through difficult times to enjoy the good ones - that's why I'm so happy for him.

Eoin is a good mate of mine and we spoke before he came over to Wasps. It was a big move for him, but I told him how it worked out for me and that he'd get his chance. Fair play to him, he thrived in London, and has had a massive impact with Leinster.

He got nothing easy in his career, but has worked hard to be a success. He failed a few times, but still came back for more. I admire him for that.

Irish Independent