Monday 23 April 2018

Keith Earls on . . .

Paul O'Connell

"He's so mentally strong. When he talks, you're thinking 'thanks be to God I'm on the same team as this fellah, he's a maniac'. He's a special person and a special player."

Ireland's penalty count

"We are absolutely killing ourselves. We just have to trust our defence -- we have one of the best defences in the world. Teams are keeping within a couple of points of us because of our own stupid mistakes."

World Cup 2011

"I've never been in New Zealand and it would be brilliant to be involved. I think we're definitely heading in the right direction and, if we get ourselves together, hopefully we'll end up blowing the world away."

Leinster

"There is motivation to match them but all the Leinster-Munster crap is gone. I played with Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien going back and I enjoy watching them play; they are friends and hopefully Leinster will go on and do well."

Jean De Villiers

"A top-class player and a top lad, really funny. He struggled at the start but then he started playing well and maybe if he had played for the second year we would have seen the real De Villiers."

Irish Independent

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