Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Back praises departing duo

Neil Back
Neil Back

Neil Back has hailed the contribution to Leeds Carnegie's Aviva Premiership survival bid by departing players Luther Burrell and Kearnan Myall.

Burrell and Myall will head for pastures new this summer - but not before doing their utmost to keep Leeds in English rugby's top flight.

The Yorkshire club host struggling Northampton - the Saints have lost six successive Premiership games - on Saturday, having cut the gap to seven points on 11th-placed Newcastle after beating London Irish last weekend.

"Players come and go, so it is about how you want to be remembered by your fellow players and management," said Leeds head coach Back.

"If someone moves on, I will never have a go at them as that's their decision.

"But if they are here, they need to give everything to the organisation, the players and management that have given them the chance to move on.

"But the two main guys who are moving on, Luther scored last week and Kearnan was outstanding again, which showed their commitment."

Leeds still have it all to do, but there could hardly be a better time to face Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Northampton, whose latest defeat saw them concede 27 unanswered second-half points against Premiership newcomers Exeter last weekend.

Back added: "If we can keep improving week on week, we need to be near our best individually and collectively to be able to beat the best teams. I think the attitude of the squad belies where we are because of the strong connection we have.

"If you are in the 15, 23 or outside of that, you still contribute to success. Last week there were privileged guys who wore the shirt, but there are more than 23 guys in the squad and they all contribute."

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