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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Border Reivers

by Sarah Lennon, 2007-05-08

Saturday night, was an evening of goodbyes. Leinster were playing their final match at Donnybrook before a move to the RDS for next season. Several playing staff were making their last home appearance and for some spectators it will be the last time they see a Leinster shirt on Will Green, Guy Easterby, Owen Finegan and Reggie Corrigan who added another cap to his record haul. It would also mark the final occasion the Leinster played Borders before the region was wound up. Those in attendance were hoping that on a night of goodbyes Leinster wouldn't bid farewell to their title aspirations too.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Border Reivers

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-05-04

Time to say goodbye.  This Saturday's match against the Borders will be the last at Donnybrook in its' present state.  There have been some great days there for Leinster, especially in the professional age.  There were the wins over Leicester in '97 and '99.  There was the defeat of Stade Francais in 2000 in front of a crowd of only three thousand because the kick-off was put at 5.30 to accommodate the Branch Christmas party!  There was also the 40-10 thumping of the mighty Toulouse in 2001.  There were sad days as well such as the defeat to Llanelli in 1999, which saw them miss out on qualification from the group.  Two years later, a 34-all draw against Edinburgh effectively saw them miss out on qualification again.  However, for all the good and the bad nights, the place never lost it's dilapidated charm.
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Match Report: Neath Swansea Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2007-05-01

Leinster travelled to Wales for what was being dubbed a title decider. Leinster were missing Denis Hickie and Brian O'Driscoll and Ospreys had opted to rest James Hook with Shaun Connor deputising at out half. Leinster knew that four points would leave their destiny in their own hands while Ospreys were playing their last home game of the season and were looking to sign off with a win.
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Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby - Travel Offer *Update*

2007-05-01

Marathon Travel have arranged a package for those wishing to travel to our final Magners League game of the season in the Cardiff Arms Park in the Welsh capital city.
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The Magners League Title Run-In

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-04-25

The Magners league format is a rarity in rugby these days in that there are no end of season play-offs to determine the champions.  It's a straight league format.  While traditionalists will insist that this is the best way of determining a league, it's major drawback is when one team romps away with it, there is no exciting finale.  Luckily for Magners/Celtic league though, this has only happened once in the four seasons of this format (in 2005 when the Ospreys ran away with it).  In 2004 and 2006, it went down to the wire on the last day of the season and it already looks like doing the same this year.
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