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Thursday 24 August 2017

Leinster boss Matt O'Connor hits out at Ireland over missing stars

Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor

Coach Matt O'Connor has taken aim at the Irish management over the Player Welfare restrictions placed on Leinster and the knock-on effect on the PRO12 League on the eve of a critical encounter with Glasgow Warriors.

While Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend has been given licence to renew his faith in his internationals, O'Connor has been denied the services of his frontline Ireland men.

"That's the decision the Irish management made in relation to the player management system that's in place," he said.

"That's the system. It's disappointing that other (Glasgow) guys are playing and we haven't got a full group to pick from."

O'Connor (right) went on to debate how the limited availability of Ireland's best players "hurts the League".

"I think the management system needs to be restructured. There's a lot of games in the PRO12 that are impacted on by the lack of availability from test players.

"If we're talking about competing with the bigger Leagues in Europe, and the ability to maximise the commercial potential of those, we need to look at how often the very best marquee players are playing PRO12 rugby for Leinster."

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