Posts Tagged "Leinster"

European Champions Cup favourites and perennial contenders Leinster count on Scott Fardy to lock their scrum, along with Devin Toner.

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There was always a chance a former South Sydney Rabbitoh would return to Australia one day wearing the red rose of the England rugby union team. Not many would have expected that former Rabbitoh to be Ben Te’o.

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Australian lock Kane Douglas has been linked with a return to Michael Cheika’s Wallabies squad as the former Leinster coach begins preparations for September’s Rugby World Cup in England.

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Like many of you, I choked on my cornflakes at the news earlier this week that plans were afoot to wedge Kane Douglas back into the Wallabies setup ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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Many comings and goings in European rugby this week as Ireland played a World Cup warm-up match against the might of the Barbarians.

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It looks like Isa Nacewa will be returning to Leinster for at least the next season, 2015-16. Leinster will be looking to fill their depleted ranks, while their stars are on international duty during the World Cup.

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Leinster face Bath in the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup this Saturday and coach Matt O’Connor has picked a very strong side.

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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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