Sometimes change has to happen. That’s just what it is ‘ · The42

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When it rained in RDS yesterday, Leinster ran through Captain’s Run ahead of their first home game of the season, with Benetton in Dublin this evening in their second round match of the United Rugby Championship.

It looked like business as usual, but these are relatively uncertain times for the county.

Leo Cullen’s team spent last month getting to know new offensive coach Andrew Goodman and new communication skills coach, returning Leinster legend Sean O’Brien, after a summer of change in coaching staff.

Then came reports this week that Stuart Lancaster’s long-awaited move to Racing 92 at the end of the season is about to come to an end. Lancaster had great success as head coach at Leinster but his contract expired at the end of the season.

With Mick Dawson stepping down as CEO of Leinster and Johnny Sexton set to retire next year, plenty of influencers are leaving the county.

speaking by Racing director Laurent Travers confirmed that the club is in talks with Lancaster yesterday, Colin was shy about the future of his right hand. However, he was not shy about the fact that changing between coaching and playing staff is an inevitable part of the mission of any team operating at the highest level of the game.

“The transition is always there. It moves really fast,” Colin said.

“The important thing for me is always the people part, so you can get the good people in their place and great things can happen after that.

“We have been very fortunate to have great players, young players who come into the group, the support staff are very caring and work on their evaluation throughout the season and will do whatever it takes to help the players be as good as they can be on the weekends when they play in front of you guys and the fans and all The rest, family and friends.

“Obviously when I started in this role I got the title of caretaker, which is kind of the way I still feel, it’s like the role of caretaker. At the time I remember struggling to think of how many caretakers Successful sponsors over the years in any sport, but we are still here.

“But I’ve had unbelievable support from the club, some of the coaches that have been involved, and that’s how we want it to be forever.

But she’s always at some level of transition, isn’t she? Like, Mick One, yeah, Mick is big because it was really kind of an institution, when you think about the early days of professionalism and all the different steps along the way. Again, change has to happen sometimes. This is how it is.”

Lancaster would not be the first elite coach to be lured away from Ireland, where the club game operates very differently from the likes of England and France. Ireland’s upcoming tour of South Africa is the latest example of the international image being prioritized over the provinces, with Leinster, Münster, Connacht and Ulster on the verge of losing the services of a string of young players for a number of weeks.

Colin acknowledged that balancing can be tricky at times, but was careful to stress that Leinster’s problems pale in comparison to some across the water, with Worcester and Wasps finding themselves in worrisome times amid a financial crisis at the English rugby club. .

“We know the model (in Ireland) is very complex because it fuels the national team,” Colin explained.

“At different stages this is the priority for all the right reasons, we know, and then at different times of the year the provinces take center stage or the clubs/districts.

“So it all has to work together. It’s not straightforward but exciting. There aren’t many boring days, which is fine. You go to the office every morning and think ‘It should be a quiet enough day today’ but something will always pop up somewhere.”

Lancaster is believed to be close to agreeing to a move to Racing 92.

Source: Tom Maher / INPHO

“But that’s the part dealing with people, and beyond being successful, there are other clubs that come in and are interested in figuring out who’s doing the S&C or who’s your body or your department X coach or who’s your Comms manager, who’s recruiting you? In all of those parts. There’s always that level of attention, so you’re dealing with the fallout.

“Everyone is going to make different career choices and all that’s left. A lot of different industries are going through a post-pandemic phase, we’ve all just sat at home wondering what we’re doing and all that stuff. It’s a funny period we’re in, isn’t it?”

“However, let’s try to focus on the most important thing for us at the moment which is preparing a group of players to play against Benetton.

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“Hopefully we can get that big crowd and real excitement playing here on Friday night, and that’s what we want is for the players to get out and connect with the fans.

“We need the product. Look at some of the clubs in England right now, in the Wasps – jeepers. When you think about how you started in that first season and the Wasps (beat Leinster) there (in RDS), they are very lively. I was thinking ‘Wow’ -What am I here?”

“That’s us versus wasps, look at us now. What did success look like for wasps then versus now, for example. You have to have sustainability, some clubs are all about keeping the lights on and surviving early next year.”

“It depends on where you sit sometimes.”

There is no denying that Leinster’s latest headache is a mild one compared to some of the problems affecting clubs in England.

However, losing a valuable asset is always a challenge. If Lancaster decides to end his time with Leinster, he will not be easily replaced.

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