Ryan puts actions over words
LEINSTER'S hard-hitting openside Dominic Ryan likes to let his actions do the talking when it comes to showing leadership while Ireland's international brigade is in New Zealand.
"I, personally as a player, prefer to lead through actions rather than words. I think the coach might understand that. I do what I can on the pitch rather than talk about it," he said.
"The leadership has been dropped on the shoulders of Rhys Ruddock and he is well use to being captain.
"We started up playing two years together for the Ireland U20s.
"We got our Leinster debuts together on a rainy day over in Newport at Rodney Parade. We both have parts to our game which complement each other," added Ryan.
Nonetheless, Ryan has taken to heart the advice of one his father's friends when it comes to knowing when and how to put his body on the line. The 'King Hit' isn't always necessary.
"When I was a bit younger, I used to go for the big, smash tackle. It is not as sustainable in senior rugby because your shoulders just aren't going to be able to stand up to it when you are hitting lads who are a few stones heavier than you.
"You have more of a price to pay if you mess it up. It is a personal decision to prolong my career. One of my Dad's friends said to me 'your body won't hold up to that'".
Still just 21, Ryan has a lot to learn about the game as a natural blindside still going through the process of converting to the openside.
He was given one such lesson at the breakdown by Osprey Justin Tipuric on day one.
The embarrassment at The Ospreys was replaced by an exciting but flawed win over The Dragons.
Glasgow are next on the hit list on Saturday evening at The RDS.
"Every week you are just one bad performance away from not starting the next week.
"You have to work to keep your position. That is the way it works.
"Joe is not afraid to give someone a chance as he did (for me) last year".