Robin McBryde: ‘Dan showed up in the same car, in the same clothes as before the Six Nations’

Leinster’s scrum manager Robin McBryde believes Dan Sheehan will be all the better after his recent difficult experience at Twickenham when Ireland’s scrum collapsed.

Heehan delivered an outstanding performance in the subsequent win against Scotland as he capped his seminal Six Nations season in fine style.

The Irish hooker joined Tadhg Furlong in sharing her experience with the Leinster squad on what she felt went wrong against England, to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“We really discussed it as a unit,” McBryde explained.

“He’s a big part of that too. When you have days like that, you just have to learn from it and move on, you know.

“We were very interested in hearing their thoughts and the lessons they learned after the Six Nations. So it was good to hear Dan and Tadhg step up and speak. We all move on as a group and learn from those experiences.

“It’s a tough day but looking back would the referee make the same decisions again? Who knows.”

The sight of Rónan Kelleher back on the training ground yesterday was a reminder of Leinster’s embarrassing wealth, and although the Irish hooker is yet to fully recover from the shoulder injury she sustained in the first half of the Six Nations defeat by France , he is about to return.

As he has done with Ireland in Kelleher’s absence, Sheehan is expected to appear in the upcoming big games for Leinster, starting with Saturday’s clash against Munster at Thomond Park.

“I think he handled it well,” McBryde said of Sheehan’s impressive rise.

“He showed up in the same car, in the same clothes as before the Six Nations! He doesn’t get too far ahead.

“But it’s a good competition, isn’t it? Two competitive hookers, he and Rónan, and a few youngsters come through too.

“I think he hit the mark, took his chance as happens with any kind of injury. From a manager’s point of view, you just have to look at it that way, you’re giving someone a chance to step up, see how they’re doing and Dan made the most of his opportunity. It’s just great to see, brilliant.”

With a number of Ireland internationals, including Sheehan, set to be reintegrated into the Leinster squad this weekend ahead of the return of the Heineken Champions Cup next weekend, McBryde hopes another Interpro derby will provide the ideal stepping stone to Europe.

“We’ve got a big block ahead of us, good scrummaging teams,” the Welshman added.

“That’s back on Saturday with Munster, they’re well trained with Graham Rowntree.” Robin McBryde: ‘Dan showed up in the same car, in the same clothes as before the Six Nations’

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