Feast­ing from Le­in­ster’s ta­ble

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Much is be­ing made of Le­in­ster reared and de­vel­oped play­ers form­ing the back­bone of Ul­ster, Mun­ster and Con­nacht squads. 14 of them saw ac­tion over the week­end’s in­ter­pros. Four in the Mun­ster team – Joey Car­bery, An­drew Con­way, Tadhg Beirne and Jeremy Lough­man - three for Con­nacht - Cian Kelle­her, Tom Farrell and Gavin Thorn­bury – with Ul­ster need­ing seven; John Cooney, Eric O’Sul­li­van, Marty Moore, Nick Ti­money, Jordi Mur­phy, Dave Shana­han and Greg Jones.

“If they’re the best play­ers avail­able then ab­so­lutely,” Nu­ci­fora ex­plained.

“That’s what it is about; it’s about hav­ing the best play­ers play­ing the game. You take your hat off to the young play­ers that moved. If you’re go­ing to be a high per­form­ing ath­lete you have to be am­bi­tious.

“You have to take chances, put your­self out on a limb, and that’s what they are do­ing be­cause they want to be the best they can be – they’re choos­ing to chase their dreams by do­ing that.”

Nu­ci­fora added: “The de­vel­op­ment path­way and de­vel­op­ment sys­tems are na­tion­ally run, provin­cially de­liv­ered. All the peo­ple who work in acad­e­mies and tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems are IRFU em­ploy­ees dressed in pro­vin­cial colours to de­liver a na­tion­ally co-or­di­nated pro­gramme.”

This is pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and it’s work­ing.

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