Scott Fardy, Leinster’s superstar Australian flanker, has sought to calm Irish rugby fans fears over a pre-World Cup form slump.
Fardy, who has extended his Leinster contract by a year, said he thought Ireland were still in good shape to have a tilt at winning the Rugby World Cup which begins in September.
“I wouldn’t be overly worried about things happening before [the World Cup]” Fardy told The Irish Times. “You’ve got seven games to win the thing. Sometimes you have small dips but I don’t [see an Irish crisis].
“So many things that go in that seven-week tournament. Things can go completely wrong for teams. You saw that with Ireland [in 2015] with injuries.”
Fardy signed with Leinster in 2017 and has made 37 appearances since.
In his first season in Dublin, Fardy helped the province to a Heineken Champions Cup and Guinness PRO14 double in a campaign which saw him make 22 appearances and score four tries.
“I’ve re-signed so I’ll be going again for another year,” the 34-year-old told reporters.
“I made that decision a while ago, just things had to get sorted out. I’m really happy to be here for another year and continue to go after trophies.
“We’re enjoying it, my wife’s settled in well and the young fella’s growing up pretty quickly. We’re enjoying our time here in Dublin.
“With the squad you’ve got and the leaders here and the staff as well, no one’s really selling you anything. With the senior players and junior players here, it’s easy to get caught up and enjoy your rugby.”