Mick Dawson hoping to go out with a bang at Leinster | Irish Sport


Mick Dawson gets good mileage from the story about Joe Schmidt and the Leinster jersey. This was about ten years ago, at which point the club had won two Heineken Cups. The CEO wanted to celebrate that fact by placing two stars above the crest. The coach was opposed to the idea as it went against one of his ideals for the team: humility in everything.

There were few instances in the New Zealander’s time in Irish rugby when he didn’t control the outcome. But this was one of them.

“Ultimately you had to stand up because the jerseys had already been printed and Joe hadn’t been told about it,” Dawson recalls with a chuckle. “I’d looked at Toulouse and Brazil and Bayern Munich. You