Rugby Greg Feek has transformed Ireland’s set-piece threat – Cian Healy

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Rugby Greg Feek joined Leinster as scrum coach in 2010 and stepped up to Ireland a year later (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)
Greg Feek joined Leinster as scrum coach in 2010 and stepped up to Ireland a year later (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

Cian Healy believes Greg Feek’s ability to “unite” Ireland’s forwards into loving the scrum has transformed their set-piece threat.

Former New Zealand prop Feek joined Leinster as scrum coach in 2010 and stepped up to Ireland a year later.

The 44-year-old has helped whip Ireland’s scrum into one of the most threatening and technically proficient weapons in the Test arena, a feat that prop Healy feels deserves great respect.

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Greg Feek joined Leinster as scrum coach in 2010 and stepped up to Ireland the following year (Mike Egerton/PA)

Feek led the Haka against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001, and will look to help underpin a third Irish win against his homeland New Zealand in three years on Saturday.

Ireland face the back-to-back world champion All Blacks in Tokyo for a place in the World Cup semi-finals this weekend.

Win and boss Joe Schmidt will make Irish history: lose and Kiwi coaches Schmidt and Feek will have presided over their final Ireland encounter.

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Greg Feek has helped whip Ireland’s scrum into one of the most threatening and technically proficient weapons in the Test arena (Christophe Ena/AP)

“Feeky is a good lad, he has a different perspective from others,” said Healy, when asked to appraise the former All Black, who will relinquish his Ireland role after the World Cup.

“I have worked with him for a long time through Leinster and through here, and he has added an awful lot.

“He has a different wa

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