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Should Jimmy Gopperth Have Seen Red For This Incident

Jimmy Gopperth was sent to the sin bin during Wasps 24-16 defeat to the Leicester Tigers. Wasps fly half, Jimmy Gopperth, received a yellow card from referee Tim Wigglesworth, after clashing with Mathew Tait earlier today. Gopperth was chasing his own garryowen when he and Tait clashed during the 63rd minute. While the nature of Gopperth’s challenge may have warranted a penalty, the …

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Ian Madigan Asks Pundits To Define Game Management

Leinster and Ireland out half, Ian Madigan, gave a frank interview last night There are few players in Irish rugby who divide opinion as much as Ian Madigan. Debate surrounding his best position and game management are popular amongst supporters. Some even argue that he is picked ahead of Paddy Jackson on the basis that he can cover a number of …

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A Fool’s Hope: 5 Reasons Leinster Can Win

Leinster go into today’s semi-final against Toulon with very little expected of them. But this is when they are most dangerous, writes Brian Barry, who offers five reasons why he believes Leinster can deliver one of the great European upsets.   Jimmy Gopperth To Hold His Own Perhaps it is an area of weakness in Matt O’Connor’s side, as the …

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Leinster Fans, Write Off Bath At Your Peril

Leinster face into today’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath with heavy expectations weighing on their shoulders. Few experts are tipping the English side to cause an upset at a packed Aviva Stadium, but Mike Ford’s side will believe that they have every chance of reaching the semi-final. Following that final day of the 6 Nations, normal service was resumed last …

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Ian Madigan – Between A Rock & A Hard Place

The lack of faith placed in Ian Madigan by Matt O’Connor has caused Leinster fans much anguish this season, with several calling for the Kiwi coach’s head, writes Brian Barry. Upon the departure of Jonathan Sexton, it was widely anticipated that Madigan would assume the throne, and grow into a top class out-half. However, with O’Connor’s persistence of picking Jimmy …

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The Death Of Leinster-tainment

With Matt O’Connor in charge and Leinster not only performing poorly but failing to grind out results, Alan Dempsey considers if Leinster’s open, expansive play is now dead and buried. Leinster’s two games against Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins were something of a stalemate, with both teams taking five competition points each (1 win, and one losing bonus point each). However, Harlequins …

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Leinster: Jimmy Gopperth Looking At Other Clubs

Jimmy Gopperth is shopping himself around to other clubs, according to Leinster skills coach Richie Murphy. Leinster and Irish out-half Ian Madigan has insisted that despite being happy at the province, he would be “naive” to rule out playing for another club, including Munster. With Jimmy Gopperth expected to leave and skills coach Richie Murphy adding that Wasps are not …

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Preview: Harlequins v Leinster

Brian Barry previews Harlequins v Leinster in the European Champions Cup.   Leinster travel to The Stoop this afternoon to take on Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins, as the two sides share top spot of Pool 2 at 8 points apiece. While both teams have largely struggled this year, they grounded out the wins against Wasps and Castres in the European Champions …

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Win in Castres Is Vital For Leinster

Brian Barry previews Leinster v Castres, and anything less than a win for Matt O’Connor’s side will be viewed as failure.   Leinster face Castres in what already appears to be a crucial tie in the context of Pool 2 in the European Champions Cup. Having got through their opening match against Wasps at the RDS without a bonus point, …

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Make Or Break For Matt O’Connor?

  As Leinster open their European season, Brian Barry ponders if the Champions Cup is Matt O’Connor’s last chance to deliver as coach.   Matt O’Connor and Leinster enter the European Champions Cup at home with huge pressure on their shoulders. Due to the expectations built up by their recent European success, the Dublin 4 outfit are perhaps victims of …

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Five Reasons Why Leinster will beat Munster

Matt Cassidy gives us five reasons why Leinster will overcome Anthony Foley’s Munster on Saturday at the Aviva. The Aviva Stadium will be the scene where two teams who are searching desperately for some semblance of form before the start of the Rugby Champions Cup will clash. Leinster have a record of two wins and two defeats from the opening …

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Over The Top Criticism Of Leinster Boss Unwarranted

A record of 24 wins from 31 matches plus a league championship from the season before would constitute immunity from criticism for most coaches, however not Matt O’Connor. Leinster supporters have never taken the Aussie to their hearts, citing the team’s style of play, the refusal to select Ian Madigan at flyhalf and even his personality as legitimate reasons not …

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Focus Friday – Questions for The Provinces Heading Into Pro12 Season

As the new Pro12 season dawns, there a few questions that each province will have to answer heading into the 2014/2015 season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Leinster Will the province fill the vacancy of not only Brian O’Driscoll, but Leo Cullen – both on and off the field? Both superb players, their importance to Leinster transcended their individual talents and skills. Leinster …

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Provincial Preview: Leinster Rugby

The 2014/15 rugby season is just hours away and Matt Cassidy is here to assess the hopes of Leinster rugby ahead of this year’s campaign. Overview Jonny Sexton returns to Dublin! That was the only news who anyone involved with Leinster rugby, scratch that, Irish rugby was concerned about. According to news reports the international pivot will be pulling on …

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Focus Friday – Has Ian Madigan Missed His Shot?

This week’s Focus Friday discusses the return of Jonathan Sexton and the implications it could have for Leinster’s Ian Madigan. As we approach the new season, we’ve had one interesting development over the last week – the return of Jonathan Sexton. Whilst we are all captured in the excitement of the prospect of Sexton completing a sensational u-turn, there’s one man …

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Jonny Sexton To Return To Leinster

There has been a huge boost to the domestic game in Ireland on this Monday morning, with the news that Racing Metro outhalf Jonny Sexton will be returning to Leinster at the end of the upcoming season. News of Sexton’s return was reported in the Irish Independenton Monday following weeks of speculation about whether the Ireland international would return to ‘D4TRESS’. The deal …

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Focus Friday – The Future Irish Rugby Midfield

In the race to find the heir apparent to Brian O’Driscoll’s throne, we’ve overlooked a particular detail. Brian O’Driscoll has been Ireland’s most important ever player. As we lament his retirement and scout potential replacements, we have to remember that in finding the new 13, we must also find the new 12. Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy together were excellent …

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