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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-18

After getting back into action last week with a scrappy win against Aironi, Leinster travel to face Cardiff in what could be a crucial match for their prospects of finishing in the top two. Leinster's win over Aironi, coupled with the Scarlets defeat away to Connacht, meant that they are now in second place in the table. At the moment Cardiff are in third place, two points behind Leinster, but crucially they also have a game in hand. If they can beat Leinster on Saturday then they'd fancy themselves to stay in that position, especially as they're out of Europe and can concentrate on the league.
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A bird's eye view from the terrace: The Other Six Nations

by Yvonne Kelly, 2012-08-30

There are two competitions running parallel to the men's senior six nations which we all follow so passionately - the womens' and the under 20s. Both sides got off to great starts in Italy last week with similar scorelines. The under 20s winning 9-28 last Sunday and the women beating their Italian counterparts 5-26 on Friday. This week the young guns would take on France in Dubarry park while the women were in action after a short 5 day turnaround in Ashbourne.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Aironi

by Yvonne Kelly, 2011-02-12

The first visit of Aironi to the RDS in the newly expanded Magners league took place on a mid 6 nations Thursday night. The timing of the fixture clashed with traditional Thursday night club rugby training as well as making attendance from the further reaches of the province even more difficult than usual and this was reflected in our lowest attendance to date this season - a reported 8,000. The timing also led to a decrease in the average age of the Leinster starting fifteen to 23 with first time captain Rhys Ruddock possibly setting a record as the youngest Leinster captain at 20.
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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Two

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-11

So after the first weekend of the Six Nations Championship what have we learned about the contenders?

Well, England beat Wales in a match that was high on intensity but low in quality. The English pack comfortably dominated but it still took a couple of classy moments from out-half Toby Flood to unlock the Wales defence in an otherwise muddled offensive display. After their recent history in Cardiff, they were rightly delighted with the win but it must be said Wales were absolutely rank.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Aironi

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-12

Tomorrow evening, Leinster take on Aironi for the first time in the Italian club's short history. Aironi only started as a club last summer as part of Italy's entry into the Magners League. They were formed as an amalgamation of eight clubs across two regions, but were mainly founded on Viadana, who no longer compete as a professional club. The logic behind sending two Italian teams into the Magners League was to give their clubs a higher standard of domestic competition than the old Super 10 could provide. On the evidence of Italy running Ireland very close last Saturday, it certainly seems to have helped with regard to their fitness levels.
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