2010–11 Leinster Rugby season

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Leinster Rugby
2010–11 season
Manager New Zealand Josef Schmidt
Celtic League Runners-up
Heineken Cup Winners
British and Irish Cup Quarter-finals
Top try scorer Shane Horgan (7) (Celtic League); Sean O'Brien (4) (Heineken Cup)
Top points scorer Isa Nacewa (142) (Celtic League); Jonathan Sexton (138) (Heineken Cup)
Highest home attendance 50,645 vs Munster (2 Oct 2010)Aviva Stadium
Lowest home attendance 9,790 vs Aironi (10 Feb 2011)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2010–11 Leinster Rugby season was Leinster's tenth competing in the Celtic League, alongside which they competed in the 2010–11 Heineken Cup. The Leinster 'A' team competed in the British and Irish Cup for their second season.

Leinster reached the 2011 Celtic League Grand Final in Thomond Park, Limerick against Munster, after finishing 2nd in the league format & beating Ulster in the Semi-Finals, however Leinster were beaten by Munster who had won the league twice before. In the Heineken Cup, Leinster finished top of their pool which consisted of Clermont Auvergne, Racing Metro and Saracens. Leinster beat Leicester Tigers in the Quarter-Finals & Stade Toulousain in the Semi-Finals. Leinster beat Northampton Saints in the 2011 Heineken Cup Final in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to win the Heineken Cup for their second time. The Leinster 'A' team were beaten by the Bedford Blues in the British & Irish Cup Quarter-Finals.

Squad[edit]

Coaching and Management team[edit]

The current coaching team will change at the end of 2009–10 with Michael Cheika departing after 5 seasons. Cheika will be replaced by current Clermont backs coach Josef Schmidt.[1] Schmidt is joining on a three-year contract and the rest of the coaching team will be announced before the end of the 2009–10 season.

Position Name Nationality
Head & Defence Coach Josef Schmidt  New Zealand
Forwards Coach Jono Gibbes  New Zealand
Scrum Coach Greg Feek[2]  New Zealand
Backs Coach TBA
Skills & Kicking Coach Richie Murphy  Ireland
Chief Executive Mick Dawson  Ireland
Team Manager Guy Easterby  Ireland
Physiotherapist James Allen  Ireland
Strength & Conditioning Coach Chris Dennis  Ireland
Chief Scout Guy Easterby  Ireland
Baggage Master Patrick Moloi  Botswana

Playing Squad 2010/2011[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
John Fogarty Hooker Ireland Ireland
Jason Harris-Wright Hooker Ireland Ireland
Richardt Strauss Hooker South Africa South Africa
Cian Healy Prop Ireland Ireland
Jack McGrath Prop Ireland Ireland
Ronan McCormack Prop Ireland Ireland
Mike Ross Prop Ireland Ireland
Heinke van der Merwe Prop South Africa South Africa
Stan Wright Prop Cook Islands Cook Islands
Leo Cullen (c) Lock Ireland Ireland
Nathan Hines Lock Scotland Scotland
Mariano Galarza Lock Argentina Argentina
Trevor Hogan Lock Ireland Ireland
Ed O'Donoghue Lock Ireland Ireland
Eoin Sheriff Lock Ireland Ireland
Devin Toner Lock Ireland Ireland
Shane Jennings Flanker Ireland Ireland
Kevin McLaughlin Flanker Ireland Ireland
Sean O'Brien Flanker Ireland Ireland
Rhys Ruddock Flanker Ireland Ireland
Paul Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Dominic Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Jamie Heaslip Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Stephen Keogh Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Isaac Boss Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Paul O'Donohoe Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Eoin Reddan Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Shaun Berne Outside-half Australia Australia
Jonathan Sexton Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Ian Madigan Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Gordon D'Arcy Centre Ireland Ireland
Fergus McFadden Centre Ireland Ireland
Brendan Macken Centre Ireland Ireland
Brian O'Driscoll Centre Ireland Ireland
Eoin O'Malley Centre Ireland Ireland
Luke Fitzgerald Wing Ireland Ireland
Shane Horgan Wing Ireland Ireland
Simon Keogh Wing Ireland Ireland
David Kearney Wing Ireland Ireland
Isa Nacewa Wing Fiji Fiji
Andrew Conway Fullback Ireland Ireland
Rob Kearney Fullback Ireland Ireland
Niall Morris Fullback Ireland Ireland

Bold indicates full international capped played.

In for 2010–11[edit]

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Out for 2010–11[edit]

Celtic League[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Ireland Munster 21 18 0 3 474 321 +153 41 22 5 2 79
2 Ireland Leinster 21 14 1 6 457 333 +124 46 25 4 3 65
3 Ireland Ulster 21 14 1 6 460 405 +55 41 34 3 2 63
4 Wales Cardiff Blues 21 13 1 7 456 354 +102 35 29 3 3 60
5 Wales Ospreys 21 11 1 9 541 408 +133 56 28 6 7 59
6 Wales Scarlets 21 11 1 9 465 430 +35 45 41 4 7 57
7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 21 10 1 10 431 442 −11 46 46 3 3 48
8 Scotland Edinburgh 21 9 0 12 415 429 −14 39 41 2 5 43
9 Ireland Connacht 21 7 1 13 388 437 −49 32 40 3 6 39
10 Italy Benetton Treviso 21 8 0 13 343 496 −153 26 58 0 2 34
11 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 21 6 1 14 398 505 −107 33 44 1 6 33
12 Italy Aironi 21 1 0 20 237 505 −268 20 52 0 7 11
Correct as of 30 April 2011


Fixtures[edit]

3 September 2010
19:05
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 22 – 19 Ireland Leinster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,879
Referee: Tim Hayes
11 September 2010
18:30
Leinster Ireland 34 – 23 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,890
Referee: Andy MacPherson
18 September 2010
19:05
Benetton Treviso Italy 29 – 13 Ireland Leinster
Report
Stadio di Monigo
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Peter Allan
24 September 2010
19:05
Edinburgh Scotland 32 – 24 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,923
Referee: Tim Hayes
2 October 2010
19:30
Leinster Ireland 13 – 9 Ireland Munster
Report
Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 50,645
Referee: J Garces
30 October 2010
18:05
Leinster Ireland 19 – 18 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 16,786
Referee: Carlo Damasco
19 November 2010
19:05
Leinster Ireland 27 – 6 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 10,390
Referee: Stefano Penne
28 November 2010
17:00
Ospreys Wales 19 – 15 Ireland Leinster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 4,122
Referee: David Wilkinson
3 December 2010
19:05
Scarlets Wales 17 – 17 Ireland Leinster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 5,142
Referee: Nigel Owens
27 December 2010
16:00
Ulster Ireland 13 – 30 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 11,426
1 January 2011
17:30
Leinster Ireland 30 – 8 Ireland Connacht
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 17,136
7 January 2011
Leinster Ireland 15 - 10 Wales Ospreys
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 14,876
10 February 2011
19:05
Leinster Ireland 21 – 16 Italy Aironi
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 9,790
Referee: Nigel Owens
19 February 2011
18:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 11 – 3 Ireland Leinster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 10,741
Referee: Carlo Damasco
25–27 February 2011
19:10
Leinster Ireland 30 – 5 Italy Benetton Treviso
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 10,236
Referee: Neil Hennessy
4 March 2011
19:35
Leinster Ireland 26 – 15 Wales Scarlets
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 11,976
Referee: Andy MacPherson
27 March 2011
14:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 16 – 26 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,028
Referee: Andy MacPherson
2 April 2011
19:30
Munster Ireland 24 – 23 Ireland Leinster
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 25,923
Referee: Andrew Small
16 April 2011
Leinster Ireland 36 – 28 Ireland Ulster
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 17,670
Referee: Pascal Gauzere
23 April 2011
Aironi Italy 8 – 20 Ireland Leinster
Report
Stadio Zaffanella
Referee: Andrew McMenemy
6 May 2011
19:05
Leinster Ireland 38 – 3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
RDS Arena
Referee: James Jones

Semi-Final[edit]

Final[edit]

Heineken Cup[edit]

Pool Table[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster 6 5 0 1 21 9 +12 179 104 +75 3 1 24
France Clermont 6 4 0 2 14 9 +5 114 94 +20 2 1 19
France Racing Métro 6 2 0 4 9 17 −8 104 151 −47 0 1 9
England Saracens 6 1 0 5 9 18 −9 107 155 −48 0 2 6

Fixtures[edit]

Pool Stage[edit]

Quarter-final[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Final[edit]

British & Irish Cup[edit]

Pool Stage[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA +/- BP Pts
England Worcester Warriors 5 4 0 1 175 87 88 3 19
Ireland Leinster A 5 4 0 1 138 117 21 3 19
England Cornish Pirates 5 3 0 2 175 108 67 5 17
Wales Newport 5 3 0 2 121 159 -38 4 16
England Plymouth Albion 5 1 0 4 76 144 -68 0 5
Scotland Currie 5 0 0 5 104 174 -70 2 2
Correct as of 1 March 2011

Fixtures[edit]

Pool Stage[edit]

17 October 2010
Newport RFC Wales 28-33 Ireland Leinster
Report
11 December 2010
Leinster Ireland 25-16 England Plymouth Albion
Report
Dr Hickey Park, Greystones
19 December 2010
Cornish Pirates England 43-12 Ireland Leinster
Report
16 January 2011
Leinster Ireland 38-23 England Worcester Warriors
Report
23 January 2011
Leinster Ireland 30-7 Scotland Currie RFC
Report

Quarter-Final[edit]

5 March 2011
Bedford Blues England 50-15 Ireland Leinster
Report
Goldington Road, Bedford
Attendance: 1,313
Referee: David Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leinster statement on new Head Coach Leinster Rugby, 28 December 2009
  2. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2010/0617/1224272699112.html
  3. ^ http://www.examiner.ie/breakingnews/sport/van-der-linde-jackman-and-keane-to-leave-leinster-459071.html
  4. ^ http://www.examiner.ie/breakingnews/sport/van-der-linde-signs-for-cheetahs-459210.html

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