Ulster Rugby v Leinster Rugby


and all the other guys who have all the experience, it makes everything easier.” “The whole environment is very positive with a lot of young guys coming in, and all the new signings we’ve had have been class like Marty [Moore], Billy [Burns], and Will [Addison]. Everybody has contributed, and with Marcell [Coetzee] playing every week now, it’s unbelievable for us because he’s such a good carrier and he gets over the gain-line so well. “I think a lot of big players have stood up and that’s why it’s going so well.” As the interview draws to a close, O’Connor looks further afield to the sudden-death play-off against Connacht that awaits the team in a week’s time. “It’s been a long time coming,” he concedes. “Obviously the Leinster game comes first, but this whole season has gone really well and to get to two quarter-finals when at the start of the year people were writing us off, it’s great to be able to give something back to the Province and everyone who supports us.”



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