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Match Report: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-02-23

There is certainly an argument against playing Magners League fixtures at this time of year. Especially for the bigger teams like Leinster, who can suffer greatly in the Spring, as the coaches look to diminished squads, and untested combinations for form. This was exactly the problem coach Joe Schmidt was faced with on Saturday as his seriously depleted squad travelled to Cardiff for a tough game against the Blues.
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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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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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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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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Yvonne Kelly, 2011-01-11

It was a miserable rainy night in the RDS which saw the first visit of the Ospreys since their May raid last year to take the Magners' League from hot favourites Leinster. Leinster started 7 players from the grand final 15 with another 3 from that day's bench starting this time round. The Ospreys on the other hand were missing many of their first choice players. It was however an Osprey's player who started both days who had the biggest impact on the result this time around.
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