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Category: Leinster

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Wasps, Bath, Toulouse and Leinster in Heineken Champions Cup pool of death

• Premiership duo join holders in pool boasting 11 previous titles• Saracens to face Glasgow, Lyon and Cardiff Blues in Pool ThreeThe defending champions Leinster have been drawn against Wasps, Bath and Toulouse in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup …

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Leinster complete double to join the elite with victory over Scarlets

• Leinster 40-32 Scarlets• Leo Cullen’s side too good for stubborn ScarletsIrish rugby’s remarkable season continued as Leinster became only the sixth side to achieve a European and domestic double. Given Ireland’s recent Six Nations Grand Slam, this s…

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Leinster target Pro14 final win over Scarlets for Irish triple crown of titles

Leinster want victory on home territory to add to their European Champions Cup and Ireland’s Six Nations grand slamTwo weeks after winning the European Champions Cup, Leinster have the opportunity to complete a green sweep. Victory over the Scarlets in…

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Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The Breakdown

The irresistible force meets the immovable object when Exeter play Saracens while Leinster are favourites against ScarletsThe season, domestically at least, ends this weekend. As it came in, so it goes out with players queuing for surgery. Artificial p…

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Club rugby’s inability to sell itself calls for planning and innovation | Robert Kitson

Staging the Champions Cup final in Bilbao showed the benefit of taking a risk or two instead of clinging to the tried and testedThe word final is a relative term in rugby. Leinster’s European Champions Cup victory in Bilbao should logically have repres…

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Hats off to Leinster after giving Racing’s beret brigade the boot | Paul Rees

Leinster had the nous to edge a cagey Champions Cup final that looked to be heading for extra time until Racing 92 crackedRacing’s players ran on to the pitch wearing berets, a nod to the host city that is regarded as the capital of the Basque region. …

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Leinster 15-12 Racing 92: European Champions Cup final player ratings

Who were the stars and who failed to shine as Leinster sealed their fourth European Cup success?Rob Kearney 7 Not quite the attacking force he once was, but never afraid of a cute counterattack. Remains as solid under the high ball as anyone. Reas…

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Sexton and Nacewa kick Leinster to Champions Cup glory against Racing 92

• Leinster 15-12 Racing 92• Isa Nacewa penalty decides nail-biter with two minutes leftIrish rugby’s remarkable year shows absolutely no sign of ending. By no stretch of the imagination was this a classic final but it is impossible to deny the scale of…

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Sexton and Nacewa kick Leinster to Champions Cup glory against Racing 92

• Leinster 15-12 Racing 92• Isa Nacewa penalty decides nail-biter with two minutes leftIrish rugby’s remarkable year shows absolutely no sign of ending. By no stretch of the imagination was this a classic final but it is impossible to deny the scale of…

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Leinster v Racing 92: European Rugby Champions Cup final – live!

European Champions Cup final updates from BilbaoThe Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby emailAnd feel free to email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 5.16pm BST 26 min: Murphy offloads smartly and sends Leinster over to the left side of the pitch, …

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Stuart Lancaster: ‘I would never not want England to do well’

Former England coach will seek redemption for his international disappointments when Leinster take on Racing 92 in Saturday’s Champions Cup final in BilbaoFor more than 12 centuries pilgrims have travelled to northern Spain in search of spiritual fulfi…

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Racing 92 confident French core will bring home Champions Cup

France’s commitment to slow influx of overseas players paying off with 12 Frenchmen to start final against LeinsterIf England’s selection of Brad Shields and the accompanying controversy is a case study into the strained relationship between availabili…

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Racing 92 confident French core will bring home Champions Cup

France’s commitment to slow influx of overseas players paying off with 12 Frenchmen to start final against LeinsterIf England’s selection of Brad Shields and the accompanying controversy is a case study into the strained relationship between availabili…

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Leinster’s Dan Leavy: ‘The culture here is all about winning’ | Paul Rees

The flanker has risen soared up the pecking order for Leinster and Ireland and has a chance to crown a memorable season with European glory against Racing 92As Eddie Jones ponders his options at openside flanker for the summer tour to South Africa…

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Stuart Lancaster pledges future to Leinster amid Harlequins speculation

• Former England head coach ‘100% committed’ to Irish province• ‘I wouldn’t even contemplate doing it. For me it’s all about Leinster‘Stuart Lancaster is not interested in the vacant job at Harlequins and has ruled out a return to the Aviva Premiership…

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Leinster’s ruthless edge can complete greenwash in Champions Cup final

Boasting 18 players involved in Ireland’s grand slam triumph, the region will look to spoil Dan Carter’s European swansong for Racing 92 in BilbaoThe Champions Cup final has yet to be played but Leinster can already claim to be Europe’s best, having an…

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Saracens turn focus on recapturing Premiership title from Exeter | Robert Kitson

This year there will be no distractions as the European champions attempt to regain the domestic crown from last season’s surprise packageThis time last year Wasps and Munster had just finished ahead of the rest of the Premiership and Pro 12 respe…

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Leinster ready to take their seat at the head of European rugby’s top table

It will take a monumental effort in the final from Racing 92 to deny Leinster victory in a Champions Cup that feels seminal, if certainly not vintageIt has not been a vintage Champions Cup by any stretch but after a weekend of deep intensity, if little…

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Leinster take Ireland’s assault on European rugby to new heights | Michael Aylwin

Leo Cullen’s side’s dominance over Scarlets was total, and an all-Ireland final against Munster now feels inevitable – and highly appropriateThe grip of the Irish on European rugby tightens ever more mercilessly. Ireland won the grand slam on the back …

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Leinster into European Champions Cup final after Sexton smites Scarlets

• Leinster 38-16 Scarlets• Sexton try completes crushing win to put Leinster into finalIt is not an opportune time to play Irish sides. A contest between league champions and the team they defeated in last season’s Pro12 semi-final across the road from…