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Match Preview: Lyon OU vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-11-22

In terms of great European matches at the RDS, last week's game against Benetton will rank fairly low in the list.

Leinster were okay but never really got out of third gear and realistically never had to. They admittedly got complacent after scoring the bonus point try and their performance levels dipped dramatically. But it's probably no harm to have a week of tough self-examination ahead of a trip to France.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-12-19

In the aftermath of a World Cup, especially yet another disappointing one for Ireland, it's hard to find the usual excitement that normally greets the opening weekend of the Heineken Champions Cup.

However both the fans and players have to get on with it and hopefully once the games get going it will be business as usual. Leinster are looking to reclaim the trophy they relinquished to Saracens in Newcastle last May. In their pool they've drawn Lyon (currently 1st in the Top 14) and Northampton (currently 2nd in the Aviva Premiership) as well as Benetton, the first Italian team to qualify on merit. Leinster are in the same pool as an Italian side in Europe for first time in fifteen years.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Saracens

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-05-10

In the unusual environs of Newcastle United's St. James' Park, Leinster bid to make history this Saturday by becoming the first team to win the Heineken Champions Cup for the fifth time.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Stade Toulousain

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-05-18

It's another massive game for Leinster at the Aviva stadium as they take on Toulouse looking to make the final for the second year running.

After losing in Toulouse by a point in a thrilling game on a warm and sunny October Sunday, revenge was served cold in January in the RDS. Actually never mind cold, it was bloody freezing as Leinster dominated on their way to a crushing 29-13 win. However the free-spirited Toulouse will find the more open environs of the Aviva Stadium on a warm Easter Sunday a lot more to their liking. Despite that comprehensive defeat their form has still been very good with only Leinster and Toulon beating them in their last 24 games.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-03-29

Leinster are back in European knock-out action this week but it's fair to say the build-up has been pretty low key.

The gloom from the wreckage of Ireland's Six Nations campaign is certainly still hanging around and if we're honest the prospect of playing Ulster doesn't quicken the heart the same as playing a Wasps, Saracens or Toulouse.
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