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Fans snapping up tickets as Blues face Munster in new Aviva home

MORE than 40,000 Leinster fans will flock to the Aviva Stadium this weekend when the Blues take on old rivals Munster in the Magners League.

The last few hundred tickets are being snapped up for the game, which is expected to be a sell-out, with Leinster making up the majority of the 50,000 crowd.

Leinster Rugby Communications Manager Peter Breen said excitement was building among Leinster fans as they move to their new D4 home from the RDS.

"There's a nice buzz growing all week, there's a lot of blue in the city, even when I was travelling up to Drogheda this week the flags were to be seen.

"There's a huge sense of anticipation," he said.

"It's the nature of the game and the fact that there'll be a record attendance shows the esteem that the Irish public hold Leinster and Munster in. There's huge rivalry going back donkey's years."

Some 13,000 season ticket holders will be in attendance, and between 35,000 and 40,000 Leinster fans will have secured the hot tickets which range from €10 to €70.

"The hope is that we want to make it as wonderful an occasion as possible. The fact that Aviva is such an incredible stadium will make it a great game."

The appetite for Saturday's game is palpable, since the great rivalry between the two provinces has split families, supporters and players.

"It's like a sibling rivalry. The players know each other so well, and the coaches and the supporters know each other so well. Even the supporters are split, both teams want to win, and the players are best friends. It's going to be hugely competitive.

"It's going to be a very tough game. Munster are the form team of the league."

Irish rugby heroes like Brian O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara, and Paul O'Connell will go head to head -- and Leinster are hoping to come out on top.

Mr Breen said: "Hopefully Leinster will win. It's about performance and getting points. It's vital from Leinster's perspective.

"It's massive. We're very, very fortunate that there's such a media interest in the game. It provides another opportunity to promote the game and the teams."