Press Notes - Monday 8 October

Date: 8 Oct 2018

Press Conference Notes

Dai Young spoke to the media today ahead of Friday night’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Leinster Rugby at RDS Arena (kick-off 7.45pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Gloucester/first Premiership block review

  • We are in a better position than we were this time last season but I was disappointed with last weekend’s performance.
  • It’s given us a kick up the backside and it might be just what we needed. We’ve come into training this week knowing we have to step our game up quite a lot.

Leinster preview

  • We have huge respect for them in the way they play.
  • They have an international 15 with more on the bench and some seasoned stars too.
  • You’ve got to have a quality squad to be able to win the Cup. We won’t be favourites but we’re looking forward to it.
  • We’re going to the home of the champions and we’re going there to try and win. But we have to play to our potential because if we don’t we won’t be near. You can’t limp over the line against Leinster.
  • We’ve got to try and come out of every European game with something because if you have two bad results, you’re going to struggle to get through the pool stages.

Injury news

  • Dan Robson (ankle) is to have a scan today and will see a specialist on Wednesday. He certainly won’t be fit for the weekend.
  • Joe Launchbury (knee) will run tomorrow and if he comes through that okay he will hopefully be fit for Friday. He had an injection in his knee to settle it down.
  • Brad Shields (cheekbone) should be available for the weekend. He is up to speed with everything and has been training.
  • Willie Le Roux (concussion) arrives back today. He failed an HIA during the Springboks game at the weekend but passed the second test. He’s not concussed but as long as he passes the protocol this week, he should be fit to play on Friday.
  • Thomas Young is back to full fitness and came through the Gloucester game okay.
  • Lima Sopoaga is back in full training after a neck spasm and should be available for Friday.