Leinster players, Luke McGrath, Fergus McFadden, Dave Kearney and Will Connors have opened up about some of the factors that have made the club so successful in recent times.
The reigning PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup winners find themselves back in another European semi-final where they will face Toulouse in the Aviva Stadium on April 21.
Despite being four-time winners of the competition, success is not something the team take for granted, having experienced many years of heartbreak in the past.
“We’re after winning the double last year and once you’ve won it, there’s a target on your back from other teams coming after you”, admitted McFadden.
“There was a couple of barren years where we didn’t win anything and that was very tough for the club.
“It just means that we have to raise our standard every year.”
The players were speaking as part of a new four-part series, ‘The Power Behind Leinster Rugby’, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into life at Leinster Rugby.
During the first episode, McFadden admits that the success of the province can be attributed to the development of homegrown players through their Academy.
Many of the first-team starters began their careers at the Leinster Academy including scrum-half, Luke McGrath, who insists that players are now taking more of the initiative to drive on their own game.
“We spoke about being incredibly honest with each other, just in training, things like that, driving the standards, holding each other accountable. We’re trying to achieve excellence every single time.
“It’s our duty almost, to put everything into every single session but we need to be humble enough to know that every single team is trying to do that.
“The culture of Leinster when you come into it, it’s a winning mindset. Everyone wants to improve every day, everyone wants to get trophies at the end of the year.”
Watch the full video below and check back next week for the second instalment of ‘The Power Behind Leinster Rugby’.
We have partnered with Energia Ireland to produce ‘The Power Behind Leinster Rugby’, a four-part series giving fans an exclusive insight behind the scenes with one of the world’s most successful rugby clubs. Check out Episode 1, ‘The Players’ to hear what it means to them to play for Leinster Rugby. Come back next week for Episode 2. #ThePowerBehindLeinster