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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Rocky Elsom enjoying life at Leinster - try vs Dragons

With so many southern hemisphere stars plying their trade in France, the UK and Ireland, we like to keep track of who’s doing what, and how life is going for them over at their respective clubs.

Rocky Elsom is a player we’ve highlighted here on RD before, as he’s having a good time over at Leinster in Ireland. The last time he was shown, it was for his part in a scuffle, but this time it’s because he’s on the end of a nice try scored against the Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend.

The home side got their Magners League title defence back on track with a 29-13 after Elsom’s late try which came about after a great run from Girvan Dempsey. The great hands at the end were from David Holwell, sending Elsom over in the corner.

Former Wallaby international Elsom has relished the challenge at Leinster, as well as enjoying the new experience.

"On the field it's been a bit of a mixed bag with the Heineken Cup going very well but the Magners League matches haven't been going the way we would like", the 25-year-old admits.

"Away from the field, the move has been great. The people are very welcoming and I'm enjoying life in Dublin. The supporters are very different to what I am used to. Sydney fans are very reserved compared to the Dublin crowd, and they rarely single out players like they do here. It's something that I didn't expect here but it definitely adds to the experience.

"I knew a lot of the staff before I came here. Michael Cheika was obviously very successful at Randwick, which is my club in Australia, before joining Leinster, and Alan Gaffney was a coach at the Wallabies in 2005. And I played against Jono Gibbes for six years, so that part of it was pretty predictable."

Referring to his absence from the current Test team, Elsom has a positive outlook.

"It is good to have breaks from games from time to time. It helps to refresh your body and can lift your enthusiasm for playing. I can't say that anyone in the squad is out of shape or more out of shape than they were when I got here. And that is probably due to the fact that when there aren't any games there is very little stopping you from training.

"The team is very good and that helps -- no one likes playing in a dud side, regardless of how much you're being paid.

"But with good sides comes the responsibility or expectation to perform and bring success, which is certainly what I'd like to help do for the province. Leinster was an easy choice because I knew what I was getting, as far as the coaching staff goes.

"It is always a lottery, no matter how much you have heard about a coach or staff you never really know unless you've experienced it. Also, I like Dublin. I have been here a few times before this year -- and always had a good time -- so that helps."

Time: 01:46



  • #11 got sat down at 0.50. Shows what you get for dancing around like that. Great try. What a take from the botched kick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 03, 2008 11:55 pm  

  • 47 seconds
    59 seconds

    what a tackles!They went to bed!xD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 12:09 am  

  • Nice try but...

    Out the backline...ball is taken at a standstill, can't get penetration that way

    Look how in the rucks Leinter go off their feet. NH refs need to tighten up so we can compete with SH (see Eng v NZ)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 12:29 am  

  • Isn't it funny how all the glamour and money and business is in the Northern Hemisphere club competitions, yet the Southern Hemisphere teams still rape internationally?? :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 1:40 am  

  • Brennie, your statement suggests that NH hemisphere refs are giving the SH teams an advantage, maybe England lost cause

    1. their playing poorly,
    2. NZ are the top team in rugby.

    If u watched the Australia vs Wales game the refereing was pathetic and certainly gave wales an advantage, but does not excuse the poor game by australia, wales deserved it

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 5:53 am  

  • That series of play was sloppy as....

    Tons of going into the ruck from the side, offsides, crossing, and, as Brennie mentioned, going in off the feet.

    I don't mean to take away from the try here - when it really unfurled, it was great hands by Holwell and an enthusiastic dash by Elsom, despite it being in the last seconds of the match. I'm surprised to hear that Leinster came back from 13-3 down to the Dragons to win it 29-13.....must have been a pretty exciting second half (even though it looked a bit chilly there).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 6:23 am  

  • Redonculous,

    SH have deeper player pools (Aus excepted) because rugby is the 4th sport in NH countries and the other sports get the most athletically gifted players at school age

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 6:56 am  

  • 4th sport??

    what are you on about anon?

    sure soccor (football) is the most pop in NH countries.. but eg wales - rugby is their top sport.

    not sure if hurling is front in ireland... but i still can't think of what sprots fill these other spots you mention.

    Go Rocky Elsom, i got to meet him in Hong Kong before the bledisloe. Hope to see him back at the Tah's soon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 7:23 am  

  • In Ireland, Soccer, Gaelic Football and Hurling are all way more popular in Ireland.

    Wasn't a great game and despite being down so many points early on Leinster always looked like they'd win.

    That O'Brien flanker looks like a beast !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2008 5:19 pm  

  • Ahhh i cant believe the Waratahs and Wallabies wont have rocky next season!!!! He makes such a huge difference!!!

    Good to see him playing solid rugby though:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 05, 2008 10:14 am  

  • ^^ Rocky won't be playing Super 14 but he'll be back for the wallabies, thats if he decides that he likes the cold better than the sun :P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 06, 2008 9:47 am  

  • heaslip got absolutely munched

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 06, 2008 11:16 am  

  • is No 11 trimble?
    cos if it is he deserved to get smashed at 0:47
    damn hes an arrogant player

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 08, 2008 6:12 am  

  • "Isn't it funny how all the glamour and money and business is in the Northern Hemisphere club competitions, yet the Southern Hemisphere teams still rape internationally?? :)"

    Percy Montgomery's hair....do i need to say more?

    "not sure if hurling is front in ireland... but i still can't think of what sprots fill these other spots you mention."

    Nah drinking is in front in ireland!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 09, 2008 3:47 pm  

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