Blackrock form a huddle before their supporters. “It’s wrong that we build these competitions up so much that kids end up being so devastated when it doesn’t work out for them.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Winner-takes-all mentality putting too much pressure on our young players

Northampton captain Dylan Hartley is shown a red card by referee JP Doyle during an Aviva Premiership game against Leicester Tigers in December. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody knows the consequences of losing control on a rugby pitch better than I do

Ireland’s Jared Payne  is tackled by France’s Teddy Thomas during the Six  Nations clash at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photo. Niall Carson/PA

When it’s a matter of no risks versus no mistakes, all you are left with is big-bash rugby

France’s Uini Atonio, a native of Samoa, struggles against Scotland’s Blair Cowan and Dougie Fife during last week’s Six Nations clash at Stade de France. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters

You’d have to have sympathy for Phillipe Saint-André as he plays a difficult hand

Ireland’s flanker Sean O’Brien  in action against Italy during the Six Nations clash in Rome in 2013. O’Brien may start on the bench this weekend. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty

The performance against Italy on Saturday doesn’t matter nearly as much as the result

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Even though it was the same as Jared Payne’s red card, two wrongs don’t make a right

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Even though it was the same as Jared Payne’s red card, two wrongs don’t make a right

Saracens’ Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola tackle Munster’s Ian Keatley during the Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park, London. Photograph: James Crombie/Iinpho

Province lack enough quality players and need to find the money to go and get them

Munster’s Simon Zebo and Chris Ashton of Saracens tussle for possession. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Nerves bring pressure and it’s how you use that pressure that decide success and failure

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