Gordon D'Arcy: Foreign signings put Irish provinces on European map
Fardy and Lowe following in proven footsteps of likes of Williams, Nacewa, Aki and Elsom
Rocky Elsom in action for Leinster: “We adopted an under-12s mentality in many games that season [2008-9]. Give the ball to the big fella and pile after him. It worked, especially against Munster at Croke Park.” Photograph: Graham Stuart/Inpho
There are several reasons for the continued success of the Irish provinces. Home grown talent will always matter. Some brilliant coaching tickets have proved essential while a little luck here and there is definitely needed.