Saturday 25 October 2014

Leinster rugby target 'different' crowd in Tallaght

Brian Byrne

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

Irish rugby playing brothers Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney seen walking down Grafton Street with fellow player Noel Reid (centre). Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

LEINSTER is attempting to bring the game to a "different crowd" as the team plays its final pre-season friendly at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon.

The team faces Ulster at 4pm in final preparation for its Guinness Pro12 season kick-off against the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland next Saturday, September 6.

A spokesman for Leinster Rugby said it had been "engaging with the community" in Tallaght, Co Dublin, and that today's match was an attempt to draw in a new batch of potential fans.

He said: "In the same way the team has open sessions in Ashbourne and Gorey, it's trying to bring Leinster Rugby to a different crowd.

"But also for a pre-season friendly like this, the RDS has been taken out - because it's just being turned around after the Dublin Horse Show, so that's also a consideration. "We've been engaging with the community in Tallaght. We've had a couple of events in the Square over the past couple of weeks; we brought the trophy on tour there, we brought our mascot Leo the Lion there."

The spokesman added that it wasn't the first time Leinster had played at Tallaght Stadium, and that the players like the feel of the pitch.

"They played Gloucester there in 2012 in a pre-season friendly, and had an open training session the year before that. Great stadium, the players love playing on the pitch, it's a carpet-like surface. It suits everyone for a lot of reasons."

Leinster beat Glasgow Warriors to retain the Pro12 title last June. Following their battle in Scotland next week, Leinster will face the Scarlets.

Irish Independent

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