Posts Tagged "Leinster"

Leinster face Glasgow in the RaboDirect Pro12 final, this Saturday in the RDS.

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Leinster and Glasgow have achieved the top two spots in the Rabo12 table, and therefore get the benefit of playing home semi-finals this weekend.

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Leinster shrugged off the absence of star centre Brian O’Driscoll to beat Stade Francais 34-13 on Friday to clinch the European Challenge Cup.

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Brad Thorn has always been a “big dreamer” but even he was struggling to grasp the enormity of his sporting career following Leinster’s European Cup triumph.

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This weekend an ancient battle between two tribes that first started warring over two thousand years ago resumes. This time on foreign soil for the Heineken Cup.

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As the Super Rugby competition trundles towards its mid-term break at the end of May, the northern hemisphere season reaches its climax over the next four weeks.

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Seeing Leeds, the English Super League premiers, defeat NRL counterparts the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the latest edition of the World Club Challenge on Saturday made me wonder, could a similar thing happen in rugby union?

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Defending champions Leinster joined rival Irish province Munster in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Cup after notching up a hard-fought 23-16 victory over Glasgow on Sunday.

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Defending champions Leinster ran in seven tries in a 52-27 demolition of Bath in Dublin on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of Pool Three and move closer to a European Cup quarter-final spot.

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After the varying disappointments of the Rugby World Cup, the European club/provincial competition gets underway again next weekend, with some of the usual suspects to lift the Cup being joined by a few more possible contenders for this season’s tournament.

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Earlier this year, Robbie Deans decided to travel to Europe to watch a couple of the Wallabies World Cup pool opponents in action – Ireland and Italy.

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Jonathan Sexton inspired Leinster to the greatest comeback in a European Cup rugby union final as they beat Northampton 33-22 at Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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After a period where Scotland’s international and club sides have gone through a grim ten-year period with little success, more children play rugby in Scotland than ever before.

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In the final pool round of the Heineken Cup, Leinster, 2009 winners, smashed Racing Metro 36-11 with a five-try hammering of the Top 14 team at the French outfit’s home base.

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Former European Cup champions Leinster ensured there would be at least one Irish representative in the last eight of the rugby tournament as they crushed English side Saracens 43-20 on Saturday.

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How can a team outscore the opposition by three tries to two, dominate the possession and territory statistics, have a ludicrous penalty count in their favour and still lose a Heineken Cup quarter final match which was one of the most exciting games I have seen in years?

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The winning Aussie reign is coming to an end at the home of the European Champions, Leinster. Current head coach, Michael Cheika, completes his five-year contract at the end of this season.

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Leinster prop Cian Healy is set to make his Ireland debut after being named Wednesday in the Six Nations’ champions side to play Australia at Croke Park here on Sunday.

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European Cup holders Leinster kicked off this season’s tournament with a 9-12 loss to in-form English Premiership club London Irish on Friday. Ryan Lamb’s penalty in the 80th minute proved the reigning champions’ undoing.

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European Cup holders Leinster kick off this season’s rugby union tournament with a potential banana-slip of a game on Friday against in-form English Premiership club London Irish.

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