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Leinstertainment Returns To Ballsbridge

That’s more like it from Leinster. Seven tries and an incredibly accurate performance with a blend of pack domination and backline precision that will buoy them before their quest to secure top spot against Wasps next weekend. There was further evidence of Leinster’s continued conveyor belt of youth coming through with accomplished performances from all of their respective young guns. …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here with the last edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’ in 2014. Sit back and enjoy.   Who’s Hot? Munster Missing a number of Irish internationals, Anthony Foley’s men completed the double over their Eastern rivals for first time since 2009. Munster came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats and a loss …

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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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Heaslip: No Added Pressure For Leinster

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip insists the province has yet to perform for eighty minutes as they prepare for the visit of Harlequins on Saturday, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Leinster left London with a losing bonus point after six Ian Madigan kicks saw them fall to a 24-18 defeat. But it’s the frustration of allowing side’s back into games or starting …

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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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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

In this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’, Rugby expert Matt Cassidy looks at the positives from the Barbarians vs Australia game as well as the negatives of the weekend’s action such as Ben Te’o’s injury and London Welsh losing.  Who’s Hot Barbarians vs Australia Both sides served up a cracking match at Twickenham on Saturday. The Wallabies, …

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Ben Te’o Set To Make Leinster Debut

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor has named Ben Te’o at 13 for the first time since his arrival at Leinster and insists the Samoan will bring something different to the role held by Brian O’Driscoll. “He’s 105kg Samoan, compared to a 90kg Irishman. It is a little bit different. The physical attributes that he has in relation to impact …

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A New Dawn For Leinster Rugby?

Following Leinster’s close 25-20 win over Wasps, Conor Heffernan explores how there could be a new dawn beckoning at Leinster under Matt O’Connor.  In an interview with the Irish Independent last week, Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor claimed Leinster had every chance of winning this year’s European Champions Cup. It was a bold statement from a man who went into an opening European match …

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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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Focus Friday – Ireland’s Future At Scrum Half

Johnathan Fitzpatrick discusses the future of Ireland’s scrum half position, with an ever increasing amount of competition emerging in that area.   Depth is a muscle every rugby coach wants to develop. Rugby is no longer a team sport. It’s just as much about the eight players on the bench as the 15 standing on it. Just as much about the …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Preview – The Outsiders

Ozer McMahon is here to profile the outsiders for this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, which kicks off this weekend. The Outsiders Leinster It’s a sign of the ever evolving landscape of European club rugby that three times European Champions, and as recently as 2012, Leinster now find themselves outside the immediate group of teams considered contenders for the continents top club …

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Match Preview: Leinster vs Wasps

Leinster’s European campaign gets underway this weekend when they face Wasps in the newly branded European Champions Cup. News emerged this week from the Leinster camp that prop Martin Moore will be joining fellow forwards Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien, as well as winger Fergus McFadden on the injured list for Leinster. One can’t help but feel for Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Last …

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Focus Friday – The End Of Leinster’s Dominance?

Jonathan Fitzpatrick questions whether Leinster’s success is on the downturn following a less than impressive start to the season. In 2013 Alex Ferguson stepped down from the reins as coach of Manchester United, one of the greatest managers in football history. David Moyes had the unenviable task of succeeding Ferguson, in an experiment that backfired after only 10 months. Moyes …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is here with his weekly fill for the rugby junkies among us. Here’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’. Who’s Hot? Munster They came, they saw and they conquered. Anthony Foley’s men produced a brilliant performance at the Aviva Stadium to beat Leinster for only the second time in ten attempts in the capital. First half tries from James …

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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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Focus Friday – Leinster vs Munster

This week’s Focus Friday centres on the massive clash between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva this weekend. Brotherly love is an often celebrated cornerstone of society, with the relationship epitomising the close bond of a family. But, there is an edge. When you know someone that well, you know their strengths, their weaknesses, what they like, what they don’t …

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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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