Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
Later today on Harpin On Rugby…
Our Leinster v Connacht writeup
is titled “What Way The Wind Blows”
FWIW our vote here at Harpin Manor
for Ireland captain goes to Rory Best
The Irish management typically believed it prudent not to release the list of those present. The provincial coaches were more forthcoming after the recent round of interprovincials in Dublin and Belfast.
Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times
Japan in 2019 seems a long way away, but the age profile of the squad in England means there is set to be a large turnover of players in the next four years.
Ruairidh O'Connor - Irish Independent
It was certainly a long way from the champagne rugby of the 47-10 Premiership semi-final mauling of Leicester Tigers in the sunshine at the Rec last May.
Simon Turbull - Guardian
Having also beaten Treviso at home in their previous fixture, Zebre are now up to 10th in the table
Lewis Hughes - Talking Rugby Union
McFadden could find himself on the sidelines for Leinster's Pro12 game against the Ospreys and their final Champions Cup home game of the season against Bath at the least.
Gareth Makim - SportsJOE.ie
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