After half a dozen games in the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season, Leinster rugby is again flying high. Leo Cullen’s men are yet again the pacesetters in the Celtic league.
Leinster; who have lost just five of their last 47 games in the Pro14 are again the frontrunners this season. That is despite being without a number of first-team regulars (due to the Autumn Nations Cup demands).
Jimmy O’Brien and Michael Silvester were the latest to be promoted from the academy, and both thrived in the 40-5 win against the Cardiff Blues. While fellow prospect Ciarán Frawley had a strong game, one that makes you suspect that Ireland will come calling in the very near future.
Leinster rugby is enjoying another period of dominance
In said thrashing, Leinster equaled a Pro14 record of seven consecutive wins with a bonus point. While adding their 26th successive Pro14 win, and shockingly for their opposition, this was far from a full-strength team. Leinster is currently without a number of Irish internationals due to the Autumn Nations Cup and to injury.
Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton, Tadgh Furlong, Cian Healy, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, and James Lowe all missed the game in Dublin. That is a testament to the depth of young Leinster rugby talent at Leo Cullen’s disposal.
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In the past three seasons, the Irish giants have opted against signing senior players from across the world, bringing in just two players in Cian Kelleher and Joe Tomane, who recently departed the club. Instead, they have promoted a number of players each season from their academy setup. A move, which has worked a treat as Leinster have romped to three successive Pro14 titles, a Champions Cup crown, and finished runners up in 2019.
Player development working wonders in Dublin
In the last three years, Cullen’s men have promoted Larmour, Caelen Doris, Josh Murphy, Will Connors, Hugo Keenan, Ronan Kelleher, Frawley, and several others as the club found the perfect balance between youth and experience.
The promise in the club’s development has been realized further as Ronan Kelleher, Larmour, Doris, Connors and Keenan have all been capped by Ireland since their introduction to the first team. In Ireland’s current Autumn International Cup squad over a dozen and interestingly over a third of that squad has been supplied by Leinster.
How the Dublin-based team can continuously plug young kids into holes for at least half of the season can’t be credited enough. They are traveling well [yet again] in the Guinness PRO14 2020/21 season, and it seems that Leinster Rugby can do no wrong in the Celtic league competition.
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