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Leinster could face Munster in Aviva semi-final

WHISPER IT gently, but an all Irish clash could be on the cards for the Heineken Cup semi-final.

Two French sides stand in the way of a mouth watering Leinster-Munster clash in the Spring in this season's competition.

Leinster's blue army must make another trip to France and overcome Toulon on the weekend of April 4 -6, while Munster take on Toulouse over the same weekend in Limerick.

The two provinces last met in the cup in front of more than 82,000 at Croke Park in 2009 at the same stage in the competition. On that occasion Leinster were comprehensive winners.

It'll be a case of 'Allez Les Bleus' as Leinster travel to France in three months time.


Thousands of supporters will make their way by plane, train and ferry to the Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon to show loyalty to Brian O'Driscoll and his teammates.

Speaking on RTE Radio 1, retired international hooker Shane Byrne said it would be a tough, physical match, but that Leinster could meet Toulon head on.

"They won't be favourites, so that will probably sit better with them," he said.

"The mind will be completely focused on the ruck time and physicality, keeping on the ball at all times," he said.

Leinster secured their place in the quarter-finals with a 36-3 triumph over Ospreys on Friday night. Meanwhile, Munster scored six tries yesterday as they defeated Edinburgh 38-6.