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Season Preview: Leinster Rugby Season Preview 2011-2012

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-30

Every four years, the leading figures in Irish rugby go away on a retreat of physical and spiritual self-examination, which generally ends in frustration, disillusionment and bitter recrimination. Other countries refer to it as "The World Cup". Hopefully this time there will be a better outcome even if it's not looking too promising at the moment.

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General News: Leinster Rugby Season Review 2010-2011

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-07-01

So looking back at the end of the season, there's some disappointment that Leinster didn't win the Magners League Grand Final to do the double. In truth though, Munster deserved their win after being the better team on the day and the most consistent team in the league over the season. However if you must lose to Munster in Thomond Park, then it's advisable to have won a Heineken Cup the week before! Leinster fans were able to stay and graciously applaud Munster safe in the knowledge that their team had proven themselves the best in Europe. So a season that began with a defeat ended in defeat, but a hell of a lot of good stuff happened in between.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-05-31

Leinster fell just short of completing a historic double in Thomond park yesterday, but will hold their heads high as Champions of Europe.

Fatigue was suggested, and seen, to be an issue in yesterday's game. It's been a long, hard season for the men in Blue, who battled through the best of Europe to reach their second Heineken Cup in three years. Newly crowned English champs Saracens fell to Leinster home and away in the pool stages of the competition. Runners up Leicester too fell in Lansdowne Road in the knock out stages. Three of the final four in the French Top 14, Toulouse and Clermont and Racing Metro, suffered defeat in Dublin. It's no surprise then, that bodies were battered and bruised coming into yesterday's final.

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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-05-27

"One day like this a year'd see me right" - One Day Like This - Elbow

As the Leinster players lined up to collect their medals and the trophy last weekend, thousands of their fans in the stand sung along to Elbow's anthem. Yes, the fans may well have thought, one day like this a year would indeed see us right. It was a wonderful occasion and an incredible match, featuring one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in rugby.
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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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