Friday 6 December 2019

Jamie Heaslip: I can't repeat what Michael Cheika says to his teams

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Irish international Jamie Heaslip has joked he cannot repeat what former Leinster coach Michael Cheika told his players before matches and training sessions.

Cheika is in charge of Ireland's final opponents in their Autumn International Series and the Wallabies will be aiming to stop Ireland's first clean sweep since 2006.

The Australian coach will be familiar to many of the Irish players on show, particularly the Leister players he coached during his successful stint in charge of the Irish province.

The Leinster captain was fulsome in his praise of the Australian, though admitted he could not reveal any of the secrets from within the camp at the time.

"I don't think I can say it then," when asked what Ireland can expect from their opponents on Sunday if each team is a mirror of their coach.

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Ireland's Jamie Heaslip

"What Cheiks says in the changing room and in the shed in terms of training, I don’t think stuff can be repeated. He is a very passionate man, he wears his heart on his sleeve and that's quite good because then you know what he's thinking and feeling."

The number 8 was keen to acknowledge that the Aussie coach is a "very, very smart" man and will have plenty of tricks up his sleeve in order to unlock the Irish defence.

"He always has an ability to come up with a couple of real good line breaking moves. I know, I have been on the receiving end of them."

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