Leinster’s Scott Fardy is eager to ensure the likes of Sean O’Brien and Jack McGrath get a winning send-off in Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 final.
Leo Cullen’s side head to Scotland to take on Glasgow Warriors in the showpiece final at Celtic Park and it will be a bittersweet game for many Leinster players.
O’Brien and McGrath will be joined by the likes of Tom Daly, Nick McCarthy, Ian Nagle and Noel Reid in playing their rugby away from Leinster next season, while Rob Kearney’s future remains unclear.
Fardy will be at the RDS next term after Leinster were able to extend his contract and he’s hoping to send his departing squad-mates off with another winner’s medal in their back pocket.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Fardy said: "It’s our last chance as a group, this group won’t be together after this and there’ll be a few guys moving on so there’s a huge opportunity to send those guys off as winners."
The Australian is well aware just how difficult his side’s task will be against a Glasgow side who will be cheered on by a large home support.
The Warriors put Ulster to the sword in the semi-final and Fardy is aware that if his side aren’t at their best, the same could happen to Leinster.
"They’ve been one of the form sides all year and they’re very tough to beat at home. I know we did it last year in the Champions Cup but they’re an abrasive, physical side and they best us in the RDS a few weeks ago.
"We’ve got to make sure we turn up and match their physicality and play to our ability.
"I thought Ulster we kind of in the game and didn’t take their opportunities then gave away a few penalties and as soon as they got down in their attacking zone, Glasgow came away three or four times in that first half and suddenly the game is gone and done.
"We’ve got to make sure that our discipline is good and we don’t play too much in the wrong areas and do what’s right for us.
"We’ll just look after ourselves and make sure our defence is good and our attack will flow from the back of that.
"There’s plenty of work to do this week and plenty of room for improvement from the Munster game but I think we’re looking forward to that challenge as a group to send off guys who have played a lot of games in blue."
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