Published: 13:56 | 6/1/20

McFadden praises Leinster spirit

Leinster and Ireland winger has paid tribute to the collective spirit of competition and togetherness which he says is driving the province on this season.

Leo Cullen’s side are unbeaten so far in the current campaign after winning their opening ten PRO14 and four Champions Cup games.

Much of this success, McFadden believes, is down to the strong collective spirit and competitiveness within the squad across all ages.

The versatile winger is enjoying a rich vein of form after returning from injury and has been a regular starter this season. 

"It doesn't matter what age you are or how many caps you have, we are all pushing each other," he said.

"The environment is very competitive in training, if you're training well you are going to get picked. Every day counts and we want to keep that competitive environment.

“I'm one of the older guys and I'm seeing this younger crop coming through. There will be changes in the team most weeks and when you do get the shirt you have to grab the opportunity with both hands.

"I think the confidence within the squad is contagious, it's a confidence that is built in how we train and prepare. We have a group of very talented young guys and older, experienced guys, so there is a nice mix of personnel in the playing squad.

"They don't hand out any trophies now. We have been in this position a few times before where things are flying at this stage of the year. It's a cliche, but we're only taking things one week at a time.

"We know if we are right collectively we can beat any team."      

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