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Match Preview: Scarlets vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-11-24

It's been a fairly momentous three weeks in Irish rugby since Leinster last played. First Ireland finally got the monkey off their backs by beating New Zealand before nearly losing the head off their shoulders as the All Blacks hit back ruthlessly (in every sense of the word). That defeat has left Leinster sweating on the fitness of key men in Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw for the vital European match away to Northampton in two weeks time, but before that they have two Welsh teams to play in their bid to stay top of the League.
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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-11-04

Leinster went back to the top of the Pro12 last week with a fine win over champions Connacht. Connacht started the stronger but once Leinster started to dominate up front, there was only going to be one winner. Leinster will hope to maintain that progress against a Zebre team on the up after winning their first ever away game in the league at Edinburgh last week.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-10-28

Leinster took to the field in red t-shirts as a tribute to Anthony Foley last Sunday in Montpellier. Yet in a way, they made another tribute to him with a display that reminded you of Munster in their heyday. Often when Foley led Munster, they would go to France and be thoroughly out-played and yet somehow they'd come home with a valuable bonus point. Leinster played poorly and made a tonne of errors, but they showed guts to keep plugging away to first deny Montpellier a bonus point and then to snatch one themselves with the last play of the game that left them at the top of the pool table. Leo Cullen won't be happy with the performance but he will love the character shown.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-10-14

So European rugby is back again and this year Leinster are a little more optimistic about their chances of progressing. Last season, they had a brute of a draw against Wasps, Toulon and Bath especially coming straight after a World Cup in which most of the squad had been involved. When they were unexpectedly stuffed in their first home match by Wasps, their campaign was effectively dead in the water. There was brief respite when a young side beat Bath at home, but that was as good as it got. It was Leinster's worst European performance ever and the squad will be determined to restore the dignity of the province this season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-10-14

There seems to have been a concerted effort in the media to put a bit of spite back into this fixture in the build-up to Saturday. Maybe it's the fact the game has been moved to the sterile environs of the Aviva, but there's definitely been a lack of bite and bitterness to it over the last few seasons. So we've had winsome recollections of the days when the fixture was defined by brutal shoeings, vicious rucks and off the ball incidents. Of course, none of this is ancient history.
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