Feasting from Leinster’s table
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.