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Rugby World Cup: Leamy Reserves Praise for Elsom 8

Posted on September 15, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Rocky Elsom leads the Aussie team.

Denis Leamy believes Australia’s Rocky Elsom has had a huge impact on the Irish back-row.

The Wallaby was a key part of Leinster’s success during the one season he was with the club and transferred his knowledge and experience to other members of the squad.

In 2009, Elsom’s final game was his most important, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to help Leinster win the Heineken Cup.

He signed off in style before returning to his homeland to reclaim his place in the national side.

As those in Ireland Rugby Shirts prepare to face Elsom and Australia on Sunday at Eden Park, Leamy insists the 28-year-old was seen as a role model and had a huge impact on the careers of former Leinster team-mates Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Read the rest of this entry →

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