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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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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-01-06

Leinster take on the Ospreys at the RDS for the first time since they lost to them in the inaugural Magners League Grand Final there last May. That defeat still rankles with Leinster players and coaches; as forwards coach Jonno Gibbes put it: "they saw eight months of hard work go up in smoke!" Along with a Heineken Cup semi-final, a second Magners League championship in three years would have represented a very decent season for Leinster. However the Ospreys turned up to play and deserved their win, scoring two excellent tries and defending for their lives.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-01-04

The new year saw coach Joe Schmidt look to the Leinster youth to do a job against an ever improving Connacht side. The large amount of youngsters on the field was complemented by a mere smattering of experience in the likes of Jennings and Nacewa, as the majority of men who took apart Ulster a week earlier earned a day off.
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