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Match Report: Stade Toulousain vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2007-11-22

Old rivalries were renewed on a freezing Sunday night in Toulouse. Leinster were looking to build on an impressive performance against Leicester in round 1 and Toulouse knew that they had to up their performance in struggling to overcome Edinburgh.
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Match Preview: Stade Toulousain vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2007-11-15

Leinster travel to Toulouse with happy memories of the last time they travelled to this rugby hotbed. In April 2006 "les bleus" put the then reigning champions to the sword 41 - 35, a score line that if anything, flattered Toulouse.

Although an entire Heineken Cup season has passed, one that was ultimately disappointing for both of these teams, the memories from that Spring day must be fresh in both team's minds.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Leicester Tigers

by Sarah Lennon, 2007-11-12

The Heineken cup rolled back into town as Leinster took on last season's beaten finalists Leicester Tigers. Leicester have a good recent record against Leinster having beaten them the last two times they met, the last one of those a defeat at Lansdowne Road in 2005. Both sides knew that a good start to this group was essential to their respective hopes of qualifying with difficult tests against Edinburgh and Toulouse in store.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Leicester Tigers

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-11-12

Leinster and Leicester have a rich Heineken Cup history having met eight times in total. In the first five years of the competition they were drawn in the same pool a remarkable three times. Those six meetings were split three wins apiece, including two famous wins at Donnybrook in '97 and '99. Since then they have met twice in the quarter-finals but Leicester won handily both times. Leicester won 29 - 18 at Welford Road in 2002 but it's the 2005 defeat at home that will be freshest in Leinster fans minds. On this occasion Leinster were playing in front of a full house in Lansdowne Road. However Leinster never showed up and Leicester steamrollered over them in Declan Kidney's last game in charge. If anything, the 29 - 13 score flattered Leinster.
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Season Preview: Heineken Cup Preview

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-11-08

So after a long summer of worrying about it's very existence, the Heineken Cup returns this weekend. The Heineken Cup has a special place in the hearts of Irish rugby fans as it's credited with inspiring the revival in Irish rugby that we've seen in the last eight years. In the grim early days of professionalism, Ireland looked certain to remain the paupers of European rugby. But the success of the provinces made players believe that not only could they compete with the English and French clubs, they could beat them. The confidence at provincial level fed into the national team and the wins came.
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