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Watch: “Trophies Are Special, But It Can’t Be Everything”

Leinster coaches John Fogarty and Emmet Farrell opened up on what it’s like to be key components in one of European rugby’s most successful clubs.

With victory over Toulouse last weekend Leinster find themselves in a strong position to retain the European crown they won last year as they face Saracens in the Champions Cup final.

Scrum coach John Fogarty outlined that despite the team usually playing on the weekend, his job is about trying to beat the opposition “on a Monday and a Tuesday” on the training field.

“As a coach, your game happens during the week. You’re trying to beat the opposition on Monday, You’re trying to beat the opposition on Tuesday, you’re bringing as much energy as you can to it making sure that the players feel ready for what the challenge is going to be at the weekend.”

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A victory on May 11th will represent another trophy in what’s been an accolade ridden era for the 12 county army over the past number of years.

Kicking coach and head analyst Emmet Farrell outlined that the winning mentality at the club is “absolutely special” but that trophies cannot be everything at the end of the day.

“Trophies are special absolutely but it can’t be everything. It’s so hard to win a trophy. We look at other things to give our self worth. I think the amount of young players that we use, the amount of players we are able to produce”

The coaches 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.

In the second episode, Fogarty echoed his fellow coach Farrell’s words outlining how the development of young players is the most rewarding part of the job for him.

“That’s probably where the coaches play their biggest part and sometimes you don’t see those players for a year or two but we see that every day. Watching that evolve is probably the most rewarding part of the whole thing.”

Watch the full video below and check back next week for the third instalment of ‘The Power Behind Leinster Rugby’

The Power Behind Leinster – Episode 2: The Coaches

"Trophies are special, but it can't be everything."Episode 2 of 'The Power Behind Leinster Rugby ' with Energia shines a light on John Fogarty and Emmet Farrell, two of the province's longest-serving coaches and key components to Leinster's huge success.Come back next week for Episode 3. #ThePowerBehindLeinster

Posted by Pundit Arena on Thursday, April 18, 2019


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 3. #ThePowerBehindLeinster

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