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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-17

This used to be one of the best weeks of the rugby season, as fans across Europe anticipated the beginning of the Heineken Cup. Alas that great tournament is dead, killed by a bunch of snake-oil salesmen from England and France.
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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-10

Leinster's growth into one of the powerhouses of European rugby was built on many things, but one of the key factors was performance standards. There was a certain standard of performance expected under Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt and demanded by leading players like Leo Cullen, Brian O'Driscoll and Jonny Sexton. If the performance wasn't up to scratch, there was hell to pay regardless of whether the team had won or not.
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Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-03

Rarely has a Leinster-Munster inter-pro derby been approached by both sides with such gloom. Every time we hear the sports news it's seems another player is being sent for surgery. This week it was Sean O'Brien for Leinster and Keith Earls for Munster which will rule them out for large chunks of the season. Both players have been haunted by injury in recent seasons and you have the awful sense that two of Ireland's brightest talents are slowly being lost to us.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-09-25

Leinster suffered another one of those annoying defeats in Galway last week. After a pretty handy win over the Scarlets, they actually started the game extremely well and looked set to steamroller Connacht through the pack. However the early momentum was lost through a series of mistakes from the half-backs and Connacht showed immense guts to hang on in there.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-09-12

It was back to normal for Leinster last week as they lost their opening day fixture. Last season, they broke a tradition stretching back years that Leinster must lose on the road the first day out with a very entertaining win over the Scarlets. This raised expectations for a season of enterprising rugby that was rarely borne out. So last week was a return to tradition with a rubbish performance that there can only be improvement from (hopefully).
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