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Drico voted Blues' best player against Munster

A ONE-OFF survey has found that over 45pc of Leinster fans regard Brian O'Driscoll as the most consistent performer against Munster over the past decade.

O'Driscoll topped the poll ahead of other Leinster heroes and supporters' favourites, such as Felipe Contepomi, Shane Horgan and Jamie Heaslip.

The inspirational Irish captain was also credited with the best try against the southern provincial rivals for his memorable interception during the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final in Croke Park.

That famous semi-final win proved to be the sweetest day of all for followers of Leinster, garnering more than 90pc of votes.

Ronan O'Gara was deemed the most consistent Munster player against Leinster with 27pc of votes, ahead of Munster and Ireland stalwarts Paul O'Connell (22.6pc) and David Wallace (20pc).

With the majority of Leinster's 14 World Cup representatives in line to return to action on Friday, a large crowd is expected in the Aviva Stadium, with more than 41,500 tickets sold.

Unsurprisingly, more than 90pc of Leinster supporters believe the intense but sporting rivalry between the provinces has helped instil confidence in the Ireland team, as success at provincial levels has translated into international success.

Peter Breen, Leinster Rugby's media and communications manager, said: "Leinster and Munster matches are hugely enjoyable and it goes without saying that this is the biggest derby in European rugby.

"We look forward to another cracking game in front of a huge crowd in the Aviva and these games are always intense yet sporting.

"This survey indicates that our stakeholders believe that this massive rivalry is good for both of these provincial heavyweights, the Irish national team and the Irish sporting public."

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