In fairness DOC is playing for Worcester Warriors, they aren’t in the Champions Cup so he can hardly speak about that. They are currently sitting 2nd last in the Aviva Premiership, so of course their focus would be on the premiership and not getting relegated over the Challenge Cup!
As for the English teams having “more competitive” matches and promotion/relegation. Back when they were winning Heineken Cups, they claimed it was an advantage and an explanation as to why they were so good. Then when Irish teams started winning, the claimed it was a disadvantage and why they were performing poorly. So they changed the format, it worked for a while, now it’s not working again so they’re complaining.
Their ‘logic’ still doesn’t explain why the french teams are still doing well.
Some of Leinster’s internationals (obviously it’s a lot easier to become an international in a country with 4 professional teams than in a country with 12-14 teams) have played a good few games.
Jack Conan has played 11 games this season; Healy and Luke McGrath 9 each; Toner and Ruddock 8 each.