Leinster Rugby is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland.
Around about 6pm on Friday evening when the sky went dark yet again, and big fat globs of rain were pinging off the windows, we decided to stop dithering and accept the gift offered by the bookies. What’s rare sometimes is wonderful, and their pricing of the Leinster versus Bulls tie was wrapped in colourful paper and finished off with a bow. The South Africans were given a 22-point start.
The last great empire to fall was the British Empire, which really started to crumble after World War 2. It might seem over the top to think of Leinster as an empire, given the lack of European silverware in the last few years, but not in terms of their dominance of our domestic competition — winning the last four and topping the league table year on year. Leinster have been the dominant force in the United Rugby Championship (URC), along with being consistent and genuine contenders in Europe.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has admitted he’s not reading too much into anything opposing coach Ronan O'Gara has said in his several media commitments this week, as he looks to plot the downfall of La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup final.
After previously pouring cold water on the prospect, the lure of home has proved too alluring for Felipe Contepomi as confirmation arrived this morning that the Leinster assistant coach will reunite with his former boss Michael Cheika as the Pumas’ assistant coach.
Not long before the kick-off to this ultimately lopsided European sem-final Leo Cullen was asked if he reckoned Munster had done his side a favour in dragging Toulouse through an energy-sapping schlepp before getting to the final whistle last weekend.
Despite the stitching of five stars on their chests to denote their status as the aristocrats of European rugby, the bellies of Toulouse will be fired with a sense of lingering injustice tomorrow, which many Munster fans of a particular age might well identify with.
Munster are working hard to finalise their coaching ticket for next season, with Denis Leamy expected to become the province’s new defence coach, while Mike Prendergast remains the front-runner to take over the attack.
The Green Party is gas altogether. We learned over the weekend that it intends to use public money to pay for comedians and jugglers to entertain revellers while it continues to push daft schemes on the rest of us that will make access to basic utilities unaffordable for many.
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