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Connacht v Leinster: Five Key Talking Points

The wind nor the drizzle could dampen the spirits of a sold out Sportsground as Connacht toppled defending league champions, Leinster, in an epic inter-provincial clash. Three wins from three is the Westerners best start to a campaign since the competition switched to a league format. As for the Blues, it is the second defeat of the season and the …

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Focus Friday – Connacht Vs Leinster

Tonight all eyes avert to the Sportsground in Galway, where Connacht host the reigning champions of the Guinness Pro12 – Leinster. Connacht lie third in the Pro12 two weeks in, completing an impressive double over the Dragons and Edinburgh. These wins are symbolic as they’re games the old Connacht may have thrown away at the death, but this Connacht side …

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Leinster Coach: Criticism of Pro12 Unfair

Leinster Head Coach Matt O’Connor insists criticism of the Guinness Pro12 is unfair as his side prepares for their opening game of the new season away to Glasgow. He believes the control the Top 14 and Aviva Premiership have in minimising the loss of their players during the international periods are the difference between the status of those leagues and …

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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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Leinster Coach: Pre-Season Defeats Are Insignificant

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor cast aside “insignificant” pre-season defeats as Ulster defeated the reigning Pro12 Champions 10-7 in Tallaght. In a game which saw last year’s top Ulster Bank League try scorer, Clontarf’s Michael McGrath, Old Belvedere’s Steve Crosbie and Ireland U20s star Cian Kelleher all given increased game time, O’Connor heaped praise on a number of their …

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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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Five Talking Points From the Leinster-Glasgow Pro12 Final

Reporting live for Pundit Arena, the stakes were as high as the temperature at a sun-drenched RDS as Leinster took on the Glasgow Warriors for the Pro12 title. The match was a sell out with many Glaswegians making their way to the capital city. Leinster were looking to become the first team to win back-to-back leagues championships whereas the Glasgow Warriors …

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Townsend: Stuart Hogg Will Remain At Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors’ Gregor Townsend insists Lions’ full-back Stuart Hogg will remain at the club despite leaving him out of his Rabo Pro12 final squad. Rumours linked Hogg with Ulster, but it is also understood that Saracens and a number of Top 14 clubs are interested. Despite this, Townsend was adamant that while it was a difficult decision to leave him …

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Matt O’Connor: Concussion Decisions Should Be Made By Team Doctors

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor has stated that decisions on whether a player is concussed or able to continue in a game should be left up to team doctors. O’Connor’s comments come following the decision to allow Toulouse’s Florian Fritz to continue playing in the Top14 Quarter-Final despite having collapsed while walking off and also Leinster’s decision to replace Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus …

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Matt O’Connor Delighted With Leinster’s Adversity

Matt O’Connor expressed his delight with the character shown by his Leinster side as they overturned a nine-point deficit to topple Ulster at the RDS and reach this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 Final. While Leinster once again failed to perform for large periods of the game, their ability to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat is a characteristic of all …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Talking Points from the RDS

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the main talking points following Leinster’s victory over Ulster at the RDS on Saturday night. The second Pro12 semi –final was an all Irish affair as Leinster welcomed Ulster to the RDS. Glasgow were awaiting the victors of the tie courtesy of deposing Munster by one point the evening before. Leinster were looking to …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Key Battles To Watch At The RDS

Two weeks after their battle in Belfast, Leinster and Ulster clash once more in the Pro12 semi-final at the RDS. It will be the third time in four years that both of these teams have met each other in the end of season playoffs, with the Blues emerging victorious in the previous two encounters. As well as a place in …

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Five Talking Points From Ulster v Leinster

The grand opening of a brand, new Ravenhill was the setting as Ulster and Leinster collided but there was more than bragging rights at stake. Leinster were looking to cement their place at the summit of the Pro 12 table and secure a home semi-final. Because of the Ospreys shock defeat in Parma on Thursday night, the equation for the …

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