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Leinster Rugby

The Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch (also known as Leinster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Leinster. The branch is also responsible for the Leinster team (previously known for a period as the Leinster Lions; see below), which plays in national and international competitions. The amateur Leinster sides previously played in a plain navy jersey with white shorts and navy socks. The Leinster Harp survives from the amateur era.

Leinster's traditional home ground is in Donnybrook, in Dublin City's south side that has been recently redeveloped to a capacity of 12,500. In 2004/2005 they began playing some home games at the RDS showgrounds. The RDS was redeveloped between 2006 and 2007 to a capacity of 18,500 with permanent floodlights and upgraded seats and facilities and currently (2008) hosts all of Leinster's home games.

History

The Leinster Branch was formed in 1875. In amateur days the four provinces played against each other in the Interprovincial Championship and also played touring sides (usually midweek). When rugby union was declared 'open' in 1995, these four teams became the four professional teams run by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

Leinster reached the Heineken Cup semi-final in 1995/96, 2002/03 and 2005/06. They were the inaugural Celtic League Champions in 2002 beating rivals Munster in the final in Lansdowne Road. They won the revised league format in 2008.

The "Leinster Lions" name came into existence during the 2001/02 season as the result of a joint marketing initiative between Leinster Rugby and its kit sponsors, the Canterbury Clothing Company, but before the start of the 2004/05 season it was decided to drop the 'Lions' from the name, however it is still used for marketing and branding. The Leinster mascot is "Leo the Lion".

In 2002/03, they became only the third team in the history of the Heineken Cup to win all their games in pool play and the first team to do it twice in the 2004/05 season. They also went one step further in the playoffs than the previous season by reaching the semis, but lost at home against French side Perpignan.

The 2004/05 Leinster team also won all of their games in pool play, and were again considered among the favourites for the title. However they went out at the quarter final stage to Leicester Tigers.

In 2005/2006 Leinster qualified for the quarter finals as a best runner up by demolishing Bath at "the Rec". In the quarter-final they gave one of the province's greatest ever performances, beating number 1 seeds and reigning champions Toulouse in France by a scoreline of 41-35. On April 23rd they continued to the semi finals of the Heineken Cup against fellow Irish provincial team Munster, where they were beaten 30-6. Leinster finished second in the Celtic League that year losing out on the final day (Although winning and earning a bonus point Vs Edinburgh) as Ulster managed to beat The Ospreys in Swansea and win the Celtic League title.

In 2006/2007, Leinster again qualified for the quarter finals stage of the Heineken Cup winning their pool yet losing 2 pool games along the way. This meant that Leinster would have to face London Wasps away in the quarter finals and which Leinster went on to lose 35-13. Leinster were again pipped to the Magners League title on the last day by The Ospreys. Leinster's loss to the Cardiff Blues sealed their fate and handed them another second spot (like the previous year).

2008/2009 Season

2008/2009 Magners League Fixtures/Results

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Venue Match Report
September 05 2008 Cardiff Blues 16 Leinster 16 Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
September 28 2007 Leinster 52 Edinburgh Rugby 6 R.D.S, Dublin
September 19 2008 Leinster 19 Ospreys 13 R.D.S, Dublin
September 28 2008 Leinster 0 Munster 18 R.D.S, Dublin
October 05 2008 Connacht 19 Leinster 18 Sportsgrounds, Galway
October 24 2008 Glasgow Warriors Leinster Firhill, Glasgow
November 29 2008 Leinster Newport Gwent Dragons R.D.S, Dublin
December 27 2008 Ulster Leinster Ravenhill, Belfast
January 02 2009 Leinster Connacht R.D.S, Dublin
January 09/10/11 2009 Leinster Cardiff Blues R.D.S, Dublin
February 20/21/22 2009 Scarlets Leinster TBA, Llanelli
March 06/07/08 2009 Ospreys Leinster Liberty Stadium, Swansea
March 27/28/29 2009 Leinster Ulster R.D.S, Dublin
April 03/04/05 2009 Munster Leinster TBA, TBA
April 17/18/19 2009 Edinburgh Rugby Leinster Murrayfield, Edinburgh
April 24/25/26 2009 Leinster Glasgow Warriors R.D.S, Dublin
May 08/09/10 2009 Leinster Scarlets R.D.S, Dublin
May 15/16/17 2009 Newport Gwent Dragons Leinster Rodney Parade

2007/2008 Season

2007/2008 Magners League Fixtures/Results

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Venue Match Report
September 22 2007 Leinster 23 Edinburgh Gunners 8 R.D.S, Dublin
September 28 2007 Cardiff Blues 19 Leinster 30 Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
October 5 2007 Leinster 23 Llanelli Scarlets 52 R.D.S, Dublin
October 12 2007 Glasgow Warriors 21 Leinster 17 Firhill, Glasgow
October 26 2007 Ulster 16 Leinster 16 Ravenhill, Belfast
November 2 2007 Leinster 29 Connacht 9 R.D.S, Dublin
November 23 2007 Ospreys 19 Leinster 26 Liberty Stadium, Swansea
November 30 2007 Munster 3 Leinster 10 Musgrave Park, Cork
December 26 2007 Leinster 29 Ulster 0 R.D.S, Dublin
January 5 2008 Leinster 26 Ospreys 15 R.D.S, Dublin
February 16 2008 Leinster 24 Cardiff Blues 17 R.D.S, Dublin
February 29 2008 Connacht 10 Leinster 16 Sportsgrounds, Galway
March 21 2008 Leinster 34 Glasgow Warriors 18 R.D.S, Dublin
March 29 2008 Llanelli Scarlets 10 Leinster 24 Stradey Park, Llanelli
April 12 2008 Leinster 21 Munster 12 R.D.S, Dublin
March 29 2008 Edinburgh Rugby 15 Leinster 13 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
May 3 2008 Leinster 41 Newport Gwent Dragons 8 R.D.S, Dublin

2007/2008 Heineken Cup Fixtures/Results

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Venue Match Report
Round 1 November 10 2007 Leinster 22 Leicester 9 R.D.S, Dublin
Round 2 November 18 2007 Toulouse 33 Leinster 6 Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse
Round 3 December 7 2007 Leinster 28 Edinburgh 14 R.D.S, Dublin
Round 4 December 15 2007 Edinburgh 29 Leinster 10 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Round 5 January 12 2008 Leinster 20 Toulouse 13 R.D.S, Dublin
Round 6 January 19 2008 Leicester 25 Leinster 09 Welford Road, Leicester

2006/2007 Season

2006/2007 Magners League Fixtures/Results

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Venue Match Report
September 8 2006 Edinburgh 20 Leinster 14 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
September 16 2006 Leinster 16 Cardiff Blues 9 Donnybrook, Dublin
September 23 2006 Llanelli Scarlets 33 Leinster 21 Stradey Park, Llanelli
September 29 2006 Connacht 16 Leinster 31 Sportsground, Galway
October 6 2006 Leinster 27 Munster 20 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
October 13 2006 Border Reivers 22 Leinster 19 Netherdale, Galashiels
November 4 2006 Leinster 35 Newport Gwent Dragons 13 Donnybrook, Dublin
November 10 2006 Leinster 38 Glasgow Warriors 23 Donnybrook, Dublin
December 2 2006 Ulster 6 Leinster 6 Ravenhill, Belfast
December 27 2006 Munster 25 Leinster 11 Thomond Park, Limerick
December 31 2006 Leinster 20 Ulster 12 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
January 6 2007 Leinster 44 Ospreys 22 Donnybrook, Dublin
January 26 2007 Leinster 44 Llanelli Scarlets 34 Donnybrook, Dublin
February 16 2007 Leinster 13 Edinburgh 6 Donnybrook, Dublin
March 24 2007 Leinster 30 Connacht 21 Donnybrook, Dublin
April 6 2007 Glasgow Warriors 26 Leinster 20 Hughenden, Glasgow
April 13 2007 Newport Gwent Dragons 22 Leinster 23 Rodney Parade, Newport
April 27 2007 Ospreys 19 Leinster 17 Liberty Stadium, Swansea
May 5 2007 Leinster 31 Border Reivers 0 Donnybrook, Dublin
May 11 2007 Cardiff Blues 27 Leinster 11 The Arms Park, Cardiff

2006/2007 Heineken Cup Fixtures/Results

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Venue Match Report
Round 1 October 21 2006 Leinster 37 Gloucester 20 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Round 2 October 29 2006 Edinburgh 25 Leinster 24 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Round 3 December 9 2006 Leinster 26 Agen 10 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Round 4 December 16 2006 Agen 13 Leinster 25 Stade Armandie, Agen
Round 5 January 13 2007 Leinster 39 Edinburgh 10 Donnybrook, Dublin
Round 6 January 19 2007 Gloucester 19 Leinster 13 Kingsholm, Gloucester
Quarter Final March 31 2007 London Wasps 35 Leinster 13 Adams Park, High Wycombe

Notable Former Players

Match attendance

Leinster hold the record for the biggest Celtic League attendance. The match was against Ulster and was the last match held at Lansdowne Road before renovation began on the ground, earning the match the moniker of "The Last Stand". Leinster won the match 20-12, with an attendance of 48,000. The previous attendance record in the Celtic League was also set at Lansdowne Road, for a game between Leinster and Munster. Also, for the 2007-2008 season, Leinster were awarded the "Best Supported Team in the Magners League" Award. With an average attendance of over 14500 and 7000 season ticket holders Leinster are the fourth best supported team in Europe.

Honours

Leinster Squad

See also

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