Thursday 22 August 2019

New father Fardy content with life as an ex-Wallaby

Scott Fardy. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Scott Fardy. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

These are the periods when you wonder if someone like Scott Fardy misses the buzz of playing international rugby, but there is so much going on at home he has barely had time to think about missing out.

Fardy signalled the end of his Australian career when he agreed to join Leinster and nowadays, he is content enough with his lot.

Last month, he missed the Champions Cup clash against Montpellier as his wife gave birth to their first son August and since then, his days have been dominated by adjusting to the new arrival.

"(He is) Irish-qualified, he's a little Paddy," Fardy smiled.

"It's been fantastic. It's life-changing stuff. I probably didn't realise how selfish I was before he came along and how much time I had on my hands.

"He's obviously a fair time constraint on your life but it's something that me and my wife are really enjoying.

"We wouldn't really know what life is like without having him around now.

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"It's just this little imposter that came into our lives but no, it's been fantastic."

Fardy, very much a late developer, only made his international debut four years ago before going on to win 39 caps.

"I think if I was still playing international rugby, I probably would have missed the first six weeks of my son's life," the 33-year-old maintained.

"The opportunity to spend that (time) at home is fantastic. I wouldn't trade that in."

Far from the glamour of the Wallabies' clash with a resurgent Scotland on Saturday, Fardy will be looking to help Leinster get their PRO14 campaign back on track the night before.

The lock has made a big impact since arriving from the Brumbies and his experience will be even more important with so many senior players away with Ireland.

"I want to win," he added. "Just win the next game I play and try to win trophies. It's why any player plays rugby. The day I don't want to win trophies, I won't be playing any more. You don't come to a club like Leinster, unless you want to come and win trophies."

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