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Saturday 10 December 2016

Fogarty tastes the fruits of his labour

Leinster’s John Fogarty.
Leinster’s John Fogarty.

The soon-to-be-confirmed move of Marty Moore away from Leinster to Wasps has been painted as an inevitable consequence of the money game.

John Fogarty would have felt it more than most in his rookie season. The last thing the newly promoted scrum coach needs is for a genuine international tight-head to leave the club. There must have been a tingle of fear running down his spine when the rookie coach threw his lot in with three front-row forwards making their full Champions Cup debuts.

Two of them, hooker James Tracy and loose-head Peter Dooley cannot have been certain as to how they would handle England internationals in tight-head David Wilson and hooker Rob Webber.

"The first time I met Tracy, he was a loose-head (prop) and a young kid," said Fogarty.

"The first time I met (Peter) Dooley, he was a number eight. It was down in Carlow on a Monday or Tuesday night when he was 17.

"You know them for so long. That's why I maybe had a few nerves going into that week. You want them to do well," said Fogarty.

Now that Tracy, Dooley and second row Ross Molony have shown they can do it should they be allowed to walk out against Wasps in the final round in Europe?

Cian Healy and Mike Ross will not be back for The Ricoh Arena this Saturday afternoon (3.15).

The simple fact, however, is that the frontline Ireland internationals need a decent hit out before withdrawing into Ireland camp.

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