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Leinster's radio band of brothers in need

Calling available sponsors -- at least those who haven't already fled this economically wretched state.

Aside from internecine radio wars on a national basis, it may have escaped rugby fans that all Heineken Cup action can be broadcast live on regional radio.

KCLR FM (broadcasting to Carlow and Kilkenny) have been covering rugby since the station's formation in 2004. In their previous manifestation as CKR, they were well-known for their GAA coverage of Carlow in the good old days (it says here!).

KCLR broadcast all Heineken Cup games involving Leinster and they also covered the Magners League.

The incomparable Mick Quinn -- who purportedly managed to divert into several interesting areas of discussion in the RDS last weekend -- is the chief analyst, joined since retirement by Carlow native Bernard Jackman.

The listenership may just broach five figures but the station broadcasts worldwide via www.kclr96fm.com. They are still hoping to secure sponsorship ahead of this week's trip to Paris for Leinster's clash against Racing Metro.

It is worth noting that 305,014 supporters have attended Leinster games this season, while nearly 600 fans will travel to Paris for their latest game -- with the 14,000-capacity Stade Colombes set to be a sell-out. DK

Irish Independent