Garry Ringrose spoke to the media following Leinster Rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to Saracens on Saturday.

The centre spoke about the challenge of learning from the loss and the disappointment at the final whistle.

“It’s heartbreaking because I know the effort that the lads put in through lockdown in the lead-up to this game,” Ringrose said.

“The effort and intent and desire and hunger and all those words, I mean, that’s there. It’s just, on the day, when we’re a couple of percent off against a team like Saracens, they take full advantage of that, which they did.

“It’s heartbreaking because I’m aware of the effort that goes in, day in, day out. The support, what it means to them, what they mean to us. Our friends and family at home, what they mean to us. It’s always disappointing letting them down, not giving them moments to celebrate like a win at full-time.

“It’s a tough one to take, but it’s not my first dark day in a Leinster jersey. It’s how we react and how we learn and how we can hopefully make it better. That’s the challenge now. It’s obviously not an easy one, because you’ve got to go into the nitty-gritty of why we were on the wrong side of the result. Nothing changes in that regard, we’re trying to get better, trying to be better. So we learn from this how we can.”