STUART LANCASTER believes that familiarity with each other helped Leinster disdain to oust Montpellier and Bath aside.
And the British believed that a combination of provinces could help Ireland become a successful Six Nations.
After five weeks of inactivity – including a controversial loss to Montpellier – they are back with a blast with 23 tries in two games against the French outfit and Bath.
That extended the Champions Cup round of 16 meeting with Connacht in April.
Coach Lancaster said: “Honestly: “Cancelled matches and five weeks of training together has frustrated me a lot.
“It’s definitely a big coaching challenge because you have 35 to 40 of your best players and to create the intensity of the game you have to play against them. You imagine when Will Connors pitched in front of Josh van der Flier or Johnny Sexton against Ross Byrne or Jamison Gibson-Park against Luke McGrath, the whole competitiveness of the practice grew in that period.
“Usually as a coach you train hard, they hear my voice and the voices of other coaches on Monday, Tuesday, one after another towards the bridges. The player is heading to the match.
“But obviously Thursday, Friday became the match and I think we’ve trained enough together, to be honest.”
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The win at The Rec is the last time in more than two months that Leo Cullen and Lancaster will have all of their front-line stars together as they begin international duty. Lancaster gave a positive assessment as to whether Jordan Larmour, van der Flier, James Ryan and Tadhg Furlong are fit to face Wales in their opening Six Nations match on 5 February.
He said: “They flew to Portugal and with a good week of training there I would be surprised if they weren’t in contention.”
A former England manager, Lancaster knows all about trying to pull players from different sides together but thinks his former assistant Andy Farrell is in a good position with Ireland.
He said: “With England it’s usually three or four from most of the top clubs, definitely the top eight.
“When I first took over, the top teams were Saracens, Bath, Northampton and Leicester but all four of them play differently, very differently and they all clearly believe in the way they are playing because they have achieved success. labour.
“In Ireland there are only four teams, all different in their own way but a lot of the emphasis is on the same, which I think for Andy is a real strength.”
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With 16 players Leinster in the table will also provide a continuous number.
“There is a company called Gainline Analytics and this company looks at team cohesion and basically their premise is that the team with the most experience playing together usually comes out on top when all is well,” says Lancaster. class.
“It’s not necessarily a combination of clubs.
“Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, even though they don’t play at the same club, they know each other inside and out.
“I think Ireland is in a good place.”
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/rugby-union/8257641/leinster-coach-stuart-lancaster-ireland-2022-6-nations/ Leinster boss Stuart Lancaster believes Ireland ‘in a good position’ ahead of the 2022 national title challenge