Wednesday 17 October 2018

'I played in the Premiership, came home and played tougher games here' - Eoin Reddan defends 'undersold' PRO 14

2 April 2016; Eoin Reddan, Leinster. Guinness PRO12 Round 19, Leinster v Munster. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
2 April 2016; Eoin Reddan, Leinster. Guinness PRO12 Round 19, Leinster v Munster. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

It might not grab the attention of Irish rugby fans quite like the Champions Cup, but former Ireland and Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan maintains that the PRO 14 is an 'undersold' league that is every bit as good as the English Premiership.

The PRO 14 often comes in for criticism, particularly for the amount of games that the frontline internationals are rested for, but Reddan feels that the overall standard of the league is still strong, even when the marquee names are absent.

Speaking on The Left Wing, Independent.ie's rugby podcast, Reddan gave his take on the strength of the PRO 14, and having played in the Premiership for Wasps, he feels that the product compares well with the English league.

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"I'm someone who played in the Premiership and came home and played tougher games here," Reddan said.

"It might be Cardiff at home or the Dragons away and I played in tougher games than I did in the Premiership, and then opened the paper the next day to hear what maybe one or two Irish journalists thought of it. About how much they thought the game wasn't up to it, and I'm not sure what they are comparing it to.

"It is just being undersold and we have had years of it being undersold. If you think of the amount of Irish teams that have won the European Cup for example, yet there is an assumption that our domestic league isn't as good as another, which just doesn't add up. Even when we were winning those trophies there were still one or two giving out about it."

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