Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Won’t make it to Northampton?

Leinster Women v Ulster

Fi Coghlan, Leinster, is tackled by Grace Davitt, Ulster. Women's Interprovincial, Ulster v Leinster, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE ©SPORTSFILE

Whether we go to every Leinster match home and away or just make it to the odd match in the RDS or even cheer from abroad, we’re all fans who want to see Leinster rugby doing well.

And even if you can’t make it over to Franklin’s Gardens this weekend, I’m sure you’ll be planning to catch every second of the action if possible.

I put it to you that you can still see some top-quality live action on Irish shores this Saturday before the match kicks off on Sky.

WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL : LEINSTER V CONNACHT

The Leinster women got their interprovincial campaign off to a storming start last weekend as they crushed their Ulster counterparts by 41 points to 7 up in Ravenhill.

This weekend sees their only home fixture of the championship so it will be a great chance to get out and support the girls as they take on Connacht to hopefully set up a decisive finale with Munster in Thomond Park the following week.

Why not head out to Ashbourne RFC for the 4pm kickoff (just off the N2, not half as far as it sounds to some people!) to sample the unique atmosphere where Ireland defeated both England and France on the way to their historic Grand Slam last season? 

Then you can retire to  take in the Heineken Cup action in the warmth of the club bar.

BRITISH & IRISH CUP : LEINSTER “A” V CROSS KEYS RFC

Cross Keys RFC are in the Dragons region over in Wales and are no strangers to success both domestically and abroad.

The currently lie 4th in the Welsh Premiership with 7 wins out of 9 so far and like Leinster defeated both Ealing Trailfinders and Moseley in their opening Pool 1 encounters in this season’s British & Irish Cup, a competition where they have reached the final before in the past.

They come to Donnybrook this Saturday in the first of a crucial back-to-back tussle which should ultimately determine the winners of the pool.  Kick-off is at 2:30pm and entry is free for Leinster Rugby season ticket holders.


So as I say if you’re not travelling to England for your live rugby this weekend, maybe you can make it to one of the above matches…the province could really do with your support.  JLP

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