Wednesday 13 November 2019

Fogarty encourages attacking style

Leinster, Ireland and UCD's young rugby stars Garry Ringrose, left, Josh Van der Flier, right, and Luke McGrath at the launch of Movember in UCD, Dublin
Leinster, Ireland and UCD's young rugby stars Garry Ringrose, left, Josh Van der Flier, right, and Luke McGrath at the launch of Movember in UCD, Dublin
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Leinster forwards coach John Fogarty has admitted that the coaching staff will continue to encourage their players to play attacking rugby as they seek a return to the style of old.

Fogarty however has warned that the players must understand when to attack and when to play territory as they look to continue their rise up the Pro12 table.

Leinster travel to Italy on Sunday to take on a Treviso side that are rooted to the foot of the table but it is a venue that the Blues came unstuck in last season when they barely managed to escape with a draw.

Leinster are yet to win away from home this season and Fogarty insisted that his side learned a lot from their impressive win against the reigning champions, Glasgow Warriors, last time out.

"I think the players are ambitious to play the game," he said. "The coaches are trying to encourage them to attack when it's on but there's no secret behind it. We want to encourage that attacking style of rugby. When it's on to off-load, we'll offload. We probably overdid it last week in the Glasgow game.

"Managing the game is important to us and that's something we took from Glasgow as well. We need to make sure we're playing in the right parts of the field and if there's space, kick it down there and don't overplay it.

Leinster welcomed back their Ireland internationals to training this week following their World Cup exit and their return has added a fresh dynamic.

For Fogarty, it is an opportunity to properly work with certain players for the first time and it's one that he is relishing.

"The (international) lads are back in the environment. They look like they're excited to be here and to work hard," he explained.

"The group that was here during that World Cup period has put us in a good position and they're excited towards working to pushing us closer to the top of the table. We will see how the players come back into training, their mindset and how they are physically.

"There's going to be opportunities throughout the season to see a group of players who we aren't afraid to give a shot to play.

"For me, it's been great because the majority of guys who I've been working with in the last number of weeks are the guys I've been working with with the 'A' team over the last few years.

"I was very excited to work with that group but it's equally as exciting to see the other group of players come back.

"The group of players we have, there is a lot of experience and a lot of youth in it and we have seen that there is genuine talent in that (younger group) which we have seen during the World Cup. There is genuine talent."

Fogarty also praised new head coach Leo Cullen for how he has managed the side throughout the World Cup period in which Leinster were without the bulk of their first-choice players.

"What Leo has done that is very impressive is how he manages all the different departments.

"It kind of blows me away because it is something I couldn't do. He has managed the strength and conditioning side of it and he has managed the on-field stuff, the physio department.

"He is working very hard with all of those so that we don't come with the thing where we have fatigue in players mentally or physically. He is very conscious of that and he is in control of it.

"It probably has happened before, but we are working hard to make sure that the players are physically and mentally ready for battle."

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