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Easterby perfect fit for Ireland
28 Oct 2014 17:05
Simon Easterby boasts the "ruthless focus" to thrive in Joe Schmidt's Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies.
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Former Gloucester boss Davies has tipped Ireland's new forwards coach to handle his quickfire transition to the international arena.
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Easterby left his head coach post at the Scarlets after just two years at the helm to replace John Plumtree in boss Schmidt's backroom staff in July.
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Davies handed Easterby his first steps into coaching at the Scarlets and believes the ex-Ireland flanker exudes the same qualities that have marked out Schmidt's own impressive career.
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"I was just starting my own coaching period when Simon joined us from Leeds," Davies said.
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"He was a very dedicated young man, very focused and ruthless in his pursuit of being the best. Simon was an exceptional player for the Scarlets and Ireland and very, very disruptive; very much the modern-day rugby player, especially in the contact area.
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"And he would do anything for his team-mates.He was very effective in what he did.
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"So he always had that and he's always had that mentality.He's taken that ruthless focus forward and used it in his transition to coaching.
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"Joe Schmidt is similarly single-minded, so I think it will work well.
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"When I was defence coach at the Scarlets Simon was struggling with a couple of long-term injuries, so he started to work a little bit alongside me.
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"It was very clear, very early on that he had all the qualities and abilities to make a top coach. He's passionate about success and he always drives himself hard. So he's used those qualities to help motivate and develop players under his watch."
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