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Match Preview: Montpellier Herault RC vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-11-10

So let the case for the defence begin!

For the second time in three years, Leinster begin their campaign as defending Heineken Cup champions. They are looking to become the first team to retain the trophy since Leicester over a decade ago. They are also looking to become the first team ever to win it three times in four years. Of course all Leinster�s main rivals are determined to stop that happening.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Northampton Saints

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-08-23

Despite being heavy favourites, there was still a nervous, looming fear that engulfed Leinster in the run up to Saturday's final with Northampton. Something about the favourties tag doesn't seem to suit Irish sides. Its the expectation that builds the pressure.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Northampton Saints

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

So here we go again. Two years after Leinster won the Heineken Cup for the first time on a glorious day in Murrayfield, they will attempt to become only the fifth club to win it more than once. Their opponents Northampton will also be looking for their second trophy and the chance to join an elite group comprised of Toulouse, Leicester, Wasps and Munster.
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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 Report: Leinster Rugby vs Leicester Tigers

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-08-23

In the build up to last Saturday's clash against Leicester in the Heineken Cup semi-final the press was divided. After all, Leinster and Leicester have quite the history in this competition. In 2005 the Tiger's came to Dublin to take on a Leinster team very much in form, having made a clean sweep of their Heineken Cup Pool. However, the Leicestershire men, under Martin Johnson, were on a similar March through Europe, and proved just too classy for the boys in blue on the day.
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