Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young has climbed down from his belief that Irish rugby is no longer on a pedestal — and now claims that anyone who writes off Leinster or Munster is “foolish”.
The Blues take on Leinster on Saturday after opening their Magners League campaign with an impressive bonus-point win over Edinburgh and Young believes Joe Schmidt's side are a dangerous proposition despite losing out in Glasgow last weekend.
At the launch of the 2010/2011 competition a fortnight ago, Young said that “we have a confidence about us now when we travel to Ireland that we did not used to have. That pedestal we have placed them (the provinces) on in the last couple of years probably isn't there now”.
However, facing into the challenge of taking on the 2009 Heineken Cup champions in their Dublin lair, Young has adopted a different position.
“Anyone who starts to write the likes of Leinster and Munster off are foolish,” he said.
“You only have to look at the quality of Leinster's squad to see how dangerous they are.
“Yes, they lost to Glasgow last week, but there are a lot of sides who will go to Glasgow and lose, so that's certainly nothing to be ashamed of.”