I have a confession to make. Months ago, when the initial Elsom release dramas were ongoing, I was of the opinion that while Rocky was the form 6 in the world, and his play would no doubt benefit from a move, that his career would probably suffer from it.
I thought there was a good chance that the boggy fields of Ireland would suck him into anonymity (along with a few other names from down south) and the whole experience could wind up being a short term dash for cash that may well threaten his Wallaby jersey.
How wrong can you be? Have a look at these latest highlights of Rocky’s 11th man of the match performance out of Leinster’s last 13 games. Oh, and it just happened to be in the Heineken Cup final, which his team won 19-16.
Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland and former Lions Captain) described Elsom as the best footballer he’s played with and said “Let’s put it this way, we wouldn’t have won the Heineken Cup without Rocky Elsom.”
As far as Rocky’s next move goes an ARU official said “We remain quietly confident a resolution will be reached with Rocky”. I’d be keeping that confidence very quiet as well.