Dave Kilcoyne, Jake Heenan, and James Horwill on The Hard Yards 4 years ago

Dave Kilcoyne, Jake Heenan, and James Horwill on The Hard Yards

A cracking Christmas episode for you...

It's all a little bit different this week. As it's Christmas week, we didn't have a normal show, instead we compiled some great interviews for you to soak in and enjoy.


SportsJOE reporter Pat McCarry was on the road down to Munster last week where he caught up with Ireland international Day Kilcoyne to chat with him about all things Munster, who benches the most and his own brilliant form so far this season.

Connacht flanker Jake Heenan talks to us about life out west, working under Pat Lam and Kieran Keane and how he'd never even heard of Galway before Pat Lam came knocking for him.

Former Australia captain and current Harlequins star James Horwill also spoke to us recently about life in England and crouching down to scrum against Paul O'Connell, even though the Limerick man had a broken arm, as well as the build up to their big game with Northampton Saints in Twickenham on New Year's eve.

Asked to give his take on what makes a good captain, Horwill says:

  • "Make sure you have your own back yard in order. If you are going to request those high standards from people, you need to make sure you are upholding those standards yourself."
  • "Actions can speak louder than words. If you continue to set that right example, guys will follow organically. You might have to pull some guys with you but I think you'll be surprised by the amount of guys that visibly see people doing stuff and it becomes a catch-on."
  • "Getting to understand your players is important, and understand that everyone is different. No-one is exactly the same so you have to be able to manage people differently."