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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Five

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-03-18

In what's been a pretty grim tournament all round in terms of quality and entertainment, the last half hour of the Italy - France match went some way towards restoring our faith in the Six Nations Championship. Up to that point, it hadn't been a great match and France looked on their way to a comfortable if unconvincing win. However when Andrea Masi scored his try, the game came to life and it was fantastic to see the joy on the faces of the Italians at the end.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-03-11

Joe Schmidt had his favourite boot returned to him when Declan Kidney favoured a certain American born fellow for the Irish number 10 jersey. The RDS lovingly welcomed back Mr Sexton with open arms. Also returning to the fortress from international duty were McFadden and Leo Cullen. All welcome additions at any stage, although the Leinster cubs were beginning to make a name for themselves.
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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Four

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-03-10

So just two weeks of 2011 Six Nations championship left, and really it can't pass quick enough. The general quality of rugby on view has been pretty dire and if the Southern Hemisphere teams are staying awake long enough to watch it; they'll see nothing to alarm them for the World Cup. It feels almost treasonous saying it, but when set against the constant excitement and tension of the Heineken Cup, the Six Nations has largely become quite dull. Could the format be tweaked to enliven matters?
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-03-03

It's getting tight at the top!

With just six league games to go now for Leinster, the battle for that all-important top two spot is going to be tense. Another bonus point went begging last week against Treviso and with the Ospreys getting a five point haul against Connacht, they're now two points ahead of Leinster in second place. The Ospreys have a pretty reasonable run-in and can concentrate their full attention on the league, making them all the more dangerous.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Treviso

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-03-11

Humans are the only creatures on the planet known to seek revenge, and Friday night's game may have had a hint of that. Coach Joe Schmidt again had to make do with a depleted side for Friday's game against Treviso, with his senior players tied up in Ireland duties. Yet, to their credit, the Leinster youth, no matter how inexperienced, are proving that they are future stars of the game. O'Malley, McKinley and Conway will soon be serious threats for first team jerseys. Also well received was the return of Stan Wright who got 40 minutes.
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