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Leinster legend Felipe Contepomi remembers the battles he had with Munster through the years

Felipe Contepomi must have been brought up to not hold a grudge because he has a surprisingly mellow attitude towards Munster supporters despite their antagonistic relationship during his Leinster career.

The Argentine playmaker, whose mistakes in derby games would be mercilessly mocked by Munster fans, was asked about Irish rugby's greatest rivalry on Off The Ball tonight, and was circumspect about the treatment he would get from opposition fans.

When asked for his thoughts on the vitriol that was sent his way, Contepomi batted it away completely, and spent his interview praising the passion that Munster brought to the games and the impact the clashes had on rugby in Ireland.

"Even though I didn't always play the best I thought Munster were a great example of passion in the jersey," he said.

"You need to enjoy those [Leinster v Munster] type of games. The build-up to one of those games is one of the best things of the year. I remember when I was going to hospital [to work as a doctor], everybody was talking about Leinster v Munster. When Leinster win, Leinster doctors would speak more and when Munster won, Munster doctors would speak more."

Also on the show tonight was Brian O'Driscoll, and as well as praising Contepomi's ability to get a backline moving, he reminisced about what Irish rugby was like when Munster were in charge.

"Of course we were very envious of them, they were the team that got all the column inches," O'Driscoll said.

"I think we had a lot of talent but we weren't putting it into practice. They married the skill level with a strong work ethic long before Leinster were able to do that."

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