Leinster are heading into the biggest week of their season and for Scott Fardy, it’s a case of parking the disappointment of losing to Bennetton at the weekend and focussing on the bigger fish that is Scarlets when they visit the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
In fact, Fardy may not be involved this weekend due to the policy that European clubs can only include two Australians/New Zealanders in their matchday squads.
Luke McGrath is currently recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Saracens but if he misses out, then Jamison Gibson-Park will most definitely be involved, meaning just one of James Lowe or Fardy can be in the matchday squad for Saturday’s semi-final clash.
“I’m making sure he’s [Luke McGrath] not doing anything wrong, looking after him, carrying him to his car, making sure he’s nice and fit,” Fardy joked.
“Obviously, like I said before, we will fill in the blanks for the Irish guys who aren’t fit so if it’s me or James, whoever misses out now is obviously disappointing but we understand we have a role to play in the squad and we’ll be there for next week or the week after that.”
Fardy has gone down as a huge hit with Leinster fans this season with his aggressive, physical performances coming in for huge praise from all quarters. Inevitably, many have made the comparison to fellow Aussie Rocky Elsom who has proved to be one of the most popular imports to grace the RDS.
Fardy was quizzed about whether he ever spoke to Elsom about his time in Leinster and about his Heineken Cup-winning triumph, however, the two players, although playing for the same two clubs in the Waratahs and the Brumbies, never crossed paths too much.
“Everyone always asks me that! I always kind of missed Rocky. He left the Brumbies just before I got there. I was kind of in the academy at the Tahs when I was much younger and he was starting for the Tahs so we didn’t really interact too much.”
One could say that Elsom, Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn have all left legacies at the eastern province but for Fardy, that kind of talk doesn’t interest him.
“No, it’s not about that for me. What’s a personal legacy? It doesn’t mean anything. I don’t really buy into it as such.
“I want to win it for myself and for other people, obviously family and stuff like that. I can’t really bank any personal legacy. I’m here to be the best player, to help people achieve something, it’s not about myself.”