Matt Williams: I'm ashamed I missed warning signs that Bressie needed my help

Likes of my former Leinster backrower and Keith Earls can be an inspiration to many

Leinster’s Niall Breslin during a match against Llanelli in 2003. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Leinster’s Niall Breslin during a match against Llanelli in 2003. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Many years ago, when I was head coach of Leinster, a very young Niall Breslin sat opposite me in my office.

As a GAA footballer for Westmeath and an Ireland under-21 representative in rugby, he had won the genetic lottery. He was big, handsome and athletic. He was also a warrior built for rugby. When contact training started ‘Bressie’ was in the thick of it, giving as good as he got.

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