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Match Preview: Scarlets vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Conor, 2013-09-05

Matt O'Connor has arguably the toughest job in European rugby this season.

He's got a hard act to follow in Leinster's last two head coaches Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt. His fellow Australian Cheika changed the whole culture of Leinster and brought home that precious first Heineken Cup. Cheika's replacement Schmidt built on the foundations laid down and added in a fair bit of style as Leinster conquered Europe twice more, playing rugby that had rugby fans all over the world purring in approval.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-05-25

This is it.

No excuses, no ifs and buts.

Leinster simply HAVE to win this game tomorrow.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-05-17

Well now we know that, whatever happens, Leinster won't need to leave the RDS for the rest of the season. It makes a change from expensive end of season trips I guess. Three wins from the next three games will bring two trophies and make up at least partially for the early exit from the Heineken Cup. However that's easier said than done, especially in the Pro12 play-offs. Even though Leinster will be desperate to finally lay their Grand Final bogey to rest after three consecutive defeats, Ulster, Scarlets and Glasgow will have their own designs on the trophy.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-05-02

Last Saturday's Amlin cup match turned out to be a handy hit-out against a Biarritz team who showed exactly why they are in the bottom four of the Top 14. On a wonderful sunny day, Leinster scored five tries for the second time running in the competition as they tore the one dimensional Basques apart and essentially had the game won by half-time. Like an old-school French team, once Biarritz had lost they set about settling a few scores and there were some nasty off the ball incidents and some embarrassingly childish moments from players who should know better. But it was an enjoyable game overall although there are much tougher tests coming up.
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Match Preview: Munster 'A' vs Leinster 'A'

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-04-26

If Leinster 'A' are going to win their first ever British and Irish Cup this season, they're going to have to do it the hard way. After winning their quarter-final somewhat unexpectedly away to Bristol, they now have to travel to face the defending champions Munster in the semi-final. And even if they get through that, they'll most likely have to travel to play Newcastle, who have only lost once this season.
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