Tuesday 24 October 2017

Reid hails Te'o's hard work as he continues rapid rise

Leinster's Noel Reid Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Leinster's Noel Reid Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Noel Reid believes that his former house-mate Ben Te'o's professionalism has helped him to learn and cope with the demands of professional rugby.

During his time with Leinster, Te'o's fitness levels impressed, and Reid says that was as a result of the amount of time that the powerful centre spent managing his body, particularly after games.

"One of the things I picked up was how professional he was," Reid said.

"I was living with him for a while and he was very professional. After games he would be up most of the night icing and stuff like that, so it was a different side from the one everyone would see.

"He was always fit, he played pretty much every game for us so that was probably down to that."

Te'o has been tipped to be included in England's starting XV for their game against Italy next weekend as Eddie Jones looks to freshen up his midfield.

The Kiwi has already had a major impact in the Six Nations as he came off the bench in the opening win over France to score a crucial try, and Reid wasn't surprised by Te'o's rapid rise with his latest adopted country.

"I'm not that surprised no," he said. "I suppose he's the type of player they don't really have at the moment.

"Manu (Tuilagi) has been injured for a while. It's a good option for them. With (George) Ford and (Owen) Farrell they have two 10s on the pitch so they don't really need a 10 covering the bench. I suppose he's better to have there than not.

"I wouldn't say it's luck, he played really well for us, got brought on tour, didn't play and then I think any time he has played for Worcester he has done really well so I wouldn't say it's luck, no."

Reid reiterated his desire to keep fighting for a place at Leinster, despite Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose looking set to be the first-choice midfield partnership for the foreseeable future.

"I'm just working hard on my game," the 26-year-old Dubliner stressed.

"Any opportunities I get to play, I want to win with this team and try to make decisions for the coaches as hard as possible.

"That's it really, it's that simple. This is the club I want to play for, I enjoy it so I'm happy doing what I'm doing. There are no issues with me.

"I think I'm going okay at the moment, happy enough. Obviously I'm still working on certain parts of my game but I think the confidence of getting a lot of minutes has helped.

"Staying fit is massive so yeah I'm happy with how I'm playing at the moment."

Irish Independent

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