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General News: Women's Rugby; Season Roundup

by Sarah Lennon, 2011-05-19

The seemingly never ending women's rugby season finally came to a conclusion at the weekend. Last season saw the final group games played at the end of March, while this season with the change in format and following the raft of cancellations during the big freeze, the season went on until mid May.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-05-12

So Leinster are in endgame mode now with two trophies in their sights and only three games to win to take them both home with them for the summer. With the Heineken Cup final against Northampton coming up next Saturday, it's being a difficult balancing act for Leinster coach Joe Schmidt this week. Leinster's players wouldn't be human if they didn't have one eye on that match, however he's got to keep them focused on the job at hand.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-05-05

What an occasion!

Last week Leinster and Toulouse took to the stage of the Aviva stadium like two grizzled old gladiators. They went to war for 80 minutes and when it was all over, the respect between the two teams was palpable and heart-warming. There was no whining from the Toulouse coach and players, just a tip of the hat from one great team to another. Toulouse had given it everything but the better team had won on the day and they were man enough to admit it rather than trying to deflect the blame onto the referee like certain English teams have done this season. Once again, Toulouse showed their class.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Stade Toulousain

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

For the sixth time in their history, Leinster contest a Heineken Cup semi-final this Saturday. So far, their record in semi-finals is won one, lost four. Their opponents, Toulouse, are the aristocracy of Europe, with four Heineken Cups to their name. This is their tenth semi-final and so far they've won six and lost three. The last of those losing semi-finals was against Munster in Bordeaux eleven years ago. So, in their last five semi-finals they've won the lot, including last season's win over Leinster in Toulouse.
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Match Preview: Aironi Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-04-22

For the first time in four years, Leinster will play an away match and only those fans lucky enough to have made the trip over will see it. Leinster fans at home will be reduced to relying on updates from the Magners League website and the OLSC twitter feed. It will be an odd experience as in recent years we've become somewhat spoilt in having all our away matches televised. However the failure of Dahlia TV has left Italian rugby without a host broadcaster and there is no-one there to relay the pictures to RTE or TG4.
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