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Sunday 4 December 2016

Nacewa wants a good start in his second coming for Leinster

Isa Nacewa
Isa Nacewa

Last season, Leinster lost three of their first five PRO12 League matches.

While there was a lot of blame rightly placed on the failure to pick up enough points during the Six Nations window, they made a bad start to their campaign.

"Yeah, it's important we get off to a good start," accepted Isa Nacewa.

The returning New Zealander has played his part in the two pre-season wins over Ulster (24-21) and Moseley (68-0) in matches of dubious merit.

"The current group of players that we've got, we've worked hard for this first game. We've built nicely over this whole pre-season.

"But it is important to get away with a good start, definitely through the World Cup period.

"There is no better way than going away from home to do that."

Leinster won't have it all their own way against Edinburgh at Meggetland tomorrow evening.

The Scots dented Romania's World Cup preparations 31-16 and did the same to Ulster's early PRO12 prospects 23-10 last week.

Besides that, the harsh reality of the game has already hit promising Leinster loose-head Edward Byrne. An operation on a ruptured patellar tendon means he will be out until Christmas.

Leo Cullen has taken the short-term view into the opening two games, the second at home to Cardiff on Saturday week, before a three-week period of inactivity.

"We're just building for Edinburgh. We have to take it a week at a time," asserted Nacewa.

"That's the beauty of what Leo has done in the last two months. The shape of the season isn't in the front of our minds. It's about Edinburgh, and that's how we need to prepare.

"Combinations grow and we've only had two weeks to get those. It's about worrying about the next week. We'll deal with the break when it comes."

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