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Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby Logo
Nickname(s) Les Bleus, Boys in Blue
Founded 1879; 135 years ago (1879)
Location Dublin, Ireland
Ground(s) RDS Arena (Capacity: 18,500)
Aviva Stadium (Capacity: 51,700)
Coach(es) Matt O'Connor
Captain(s) Leo Cullen
League(s) Pro12
2012–13 2nd (Champions)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.leinsterrugby.ie
The four provinces of Ireland

Leinster Rugby (Irish: Rugbaí Laighean) is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from Ireland. They compete in the domestic league of the Rabo Direct Pro12 and the European championship, the Heineken Cup. The team represents the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) Leinster Branch, which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU and is responsible for rugby union throughout the geographical Irish province of Leinster. The province plays in blue and gold and the crest is in the form of a harp. Leinster's traditional home ground was Donnybrook Stadium, in Dublin 4 although the majority of home games are now played at the RDS Arena. Bigger games are played in the Aviva Stadium when the capacity of the RDS Arena is insufficient.[1]

Leinster turned professional along with the teams representing the other Irish provinces in 1995 and has competed in the Rabo Direct Pro12 (formerly known as the Celtic League and the Magners League) since it was founded in 2001, having previously competed in the annual Irish interprovincial championship.[2] Leinster "A" competes in the British and Irish Cup. Leinster have three times been PRO12 champions and three times champions of Europe.

On 19 May 2012 Leinster won a record third Heineken Cup in four years with a 42-14 win over Ulster Rugby in the first final to feature two teams from Ireland.[3] Leinster are currently ranked 1st in the European Rugby Club Rankings.[4]

History[edit]

Founding (1875 - 1899)[edit]

In amateur days, the four Irish provinces played against each other in the Irish Interprovincial Championship and also played touring international sides. The first Interprovincial matches between Leinster, Ulster and Munster were held in 1875.[5] At this time, the matches were played with 20 players a side. Leinster lost to Ulster by a converted try and beat Munster by one goal to nil. Since then there has been a match between these teams annually, with Connacht joining the fold in 1885.[5]

The Leinster Branch was formed in 1879 in a meeting at 63 Grafton Street.[5] The clubs represented at the meeting were; Wanderers, Lansdowne, Arlington School, Dublin University, Dundalk, Phoenix F.C. and Stephen's Hospital. F. Kennedy (Wanderers) was elected first Hon. Secretary of the Branch and C.B. Croker (Lansdowne) was first Hon. Treasurer.

The function of the Branch was to organise the game of rugby football in the province. Every year five representatives would be selected to join the IRFU Committee. They would be known was the "Leinster Five" and would pick the Leinster representative teams.[6]

The first official Leinster Senior Challenge Cup was created in 1881. Once this knock out competition was firmly established, there was a natural demand for a competitive league. Thus the Senior Challenge Cup was followed by the Senior League. The other natural progression was the creation of leagues to follow all cups played at all levels of competition such as the Junior Cup and the Junior League, the Third A Cup (Moran Cup) by the Junior 3 League and so on.[5]

The Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup, which is one of the biggest annual events in Leinster Rugby commenced in 1887. The competition is still one of the most prestigious competitions to win in Leinster Rugby to date.[5] Leinster Schools Interprovincial matches have been taking place since 1888. Leinster Schools beat the Ulster Schools in Belfast on Saturday, April 7, by a dropped goal to a try. Their first match against Munster Schools took place on March 18, 1899, when Leinster won by two tries to one. Connacht joined the fray in 1928.[5]

Amateur period (1900 - 1990s)[edit]

The early 1920s led to the creation of the Provincial Towns Cup and the Metropolitan Cup, which are still hard fought competitions in the Leinster Rugby calendar. Much has changed in rugby over the years, but the original idea of Leinster Club Rugby acting as a feeder for the Leinster Interprovincial side, though now professional, still stands true.

All Interprovincial matches were abandoned during the years of the Great War (1914–18) and the War period (1939–45), though unofficial matches were played.[5]

The first major touring side to play Leinster was a team drawn from the New Zealand Army - the Kiwis, in 1946. Although it was not an official touring side organised by the New Zealand Rugby Union, the quality of the match, which was drawn 10 points each, is still remembered to this day.[5]

The first official overseas touring side that came to play Leinster was an Australian touring side in 1957.[5] Since then, Leinster has played against every major touring side from Fiji to France.[5]

Before the days of professional rugby union, there was further emphasis on Irish club rugby as opposed to the provincial game. During these times the provincial sides were purely representative sides and games were far less frequent than now. When rugby union was declared 'open' in 1995, these four teams became the four professional teams run by the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Leo the Leinster Lion

Leinster Lions (1990s-2005)[edit]

Leinster became a professional outfit in the mid-1990s. 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. Before the start of the 2004–05 season, however, the 'Lions' was dropped from the name. It is still used for marketing and branding, in particular the Cubs Club for Junior members of Leinster Rugby.[7] The Leinster mascot is "Leo the Lion".

Leinster's first season in the newly formed Celtic League ended in success as the Lions were crowned the inaugural champions, beating rivals Munster Rugby in the 2001–02 final.[8] In 2002–03, they became only the third team in the history of the Heineken Cup to win all their games in pool play. They also went one step further in the playoffs than the previous season by reaching the semi-finals (for the first time since 1995–96), but lost at home against French side Perpignan. This was accompanied by an unsuccessful season in the Celtic League which was followed up again with a disappointing season.

Title misses (2004–06)[edit]

Leinster did begin to creep back up the table during the 2004–05 season, finishing 3rd, just 3 points behind the eventual winners. Leinster also won all of their pool games in that year's Heineken Cup, and were again among the favourites for the title. However, they went out at the quarter final stage to Leicester Tigers.[9]

The next two seasons of the Celtic League were to end in heartbreak for Leinster fans as the both the 2005–06 and 2006–07 titles were lost on the final day of the season. These seasons also saw progress in the Heineken Cup. In 2005–06, Leinster progressed to the semi-final but were eliminated by Irish rivals Munster at Lansdowne Road. Leinster reached the quarter-final the following year where they were beaten by London Wasps.

The programme from the 2009 Heineken Cup Final

European and Celtic success (2007-)[edit]

Increasing attendances at Leinster games led to a move across Dublin 4 from Donnybrook Stadium to the redeveloped RDS Arena.

In 2007–08, Leinster failed to qualify from their Heineken Cup pool, but did end the season as Celtic League champions, sealing the title with a 41–8 victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons in front of their home fans at the RDS.[10]

In the 2008–09 season, Leinster topped their Heineken Cup pool despite away losses to French side Castres and English side Wasps.[11] Victory over Harlequins in the quarterfinals followed, despite the Bloodgate Scandal. Leinster overcame Munster 25–6 in a semi-final in Dublin's Croke Park that broke the world record attendance for a "club" rugby union game with a crowd of over 82,200.[12] Leinster won the 2009 Heineken Cup Final in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, beating Leicester Tigers 19-16 to claim their first European crown.[13]

In 2009–10 Leinster was eliminated from the Heineken Cup at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Toulouse. Also despite having topped the Pro12 league during the regular season, Leinster lost the first ever Play-Off Final 17-12 on their home ground to the Ospreys.[14]

In the 2010–11 Heineken Cup, Leinster defeated the top English teams (Leicester Tigers, Saracens & Northampton Saints), and the top French sides, the defending champions and also the defending European champions (Toulouse, Racing Metro & Clermont Auvergne).[15] Leinster regained their title as champions of Europe in the 2011 Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Trailing at half time, Leinster scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to win 33 - 22 and claim their second European crown with the biggest comeback in Heineken Cup final history.[16][17] Leinster were also chasing a Pro12 & Heineken Cup double, but lost 19 - 9 to Irish rivals Munster in the Magners League final.[18]

In 2011–12 Leinster became only the second side to retain the title of European Champions. Leinster emerged unbeaten in group play to top their group.[19] Leinster defeated the Cardiff Blues 34-3 in the quarterfinals,[20] followed by a 19-15 semifinal victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne.[21] Leinster defeated Ulster in the first all-Irish final 42-14, recording the most points scored and the most tries scored in a Heineken Cup final.[22] Once again, Leinster targeted the double, and faced a repeat of the 2010 final against the Ospreys in the Pro12 final. However, Leinster's domestic title challenge fell at the final hurdle, conceding a final minute try to slump to a one point defeat, and unable to complete the double.[23]

The 2012–13 campaign proved to be another successful season for Leinster Rugby. The club finished in second place during the regular season of the Pro12 and defeated Glasgow Warriors by a score of 17-15 in their semi-final play-off match on 11 May 2013.[24] On 17 May, Leinster were crowned champions of the Amlin Challenge Cup after defeating Stade Français 34-13 in the final at their home ground, the RDS Arena.[25] Leinster successfully completed the double on 25 May, defeating Ulster 24-18 in the Pro12 final to claim their third league championship.[26][27]

Current standings[edit]

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Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Ireland Leinster (Q) 20 15 1 4 517 319 +198 54 28 8 4 74
2 Ireland Ulster 20 14 0 6 431 280 +151 43 23 6 3 65
3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 19 15 0 4 355 259 +96 36 16 1 3 64
4 Ireland Munster 19 14 0 5 434 285 +149 42 21 5 2 63
5 Wales Ospreys 19 11 1 7 479 328 +151 48 25 5 5 56
6 Wales Scarlets 19 9 1 9 361 383 −22 34 40 2 5 45
7 Scotland Edinburgh 18 7 0 11 325 393 −68 30 40 1 6 35
8 Ireland Connacht 19 6 0 13 313 410 −97 34 41 4 6 34
9 Wales Cardiff Blues 19 6 1 12 371 483 −112 26 48 1 6 33
10 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 19 6 1 12 339 419 −80 29 38 0 5 31
11 Italy Benetton Treviso 20 5 1 14 341 533 −192 28 66 1 6 29
12 Italy Zebre 19 3 2 14 291 465 −174 29 47 0 5 21

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[28]

  1. number of matches won;
  2. the difference between points for and points against;
  3. the number of tries scored;
  4. the most points scored;
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against;
  6. the fewest number of red cards received;
  7. the fewest number of yellow cards received.
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places. The top team from each country, plus the three highest-placed teams apart from those, will qualify for the Rugby Champions Cup. Updated 18 April 2014. Source: RaboDirect PRO12

Previous seasons[edit]

Pro12[edit]

Season Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2001–02 1st (Pool A) 7 7 0 0 0 21
Quarter-Final Leinster 34 – 22 Newport
Semi-Final Leinster 35 – 13 Glasgow
Final Leinster 24 – 20 Munster
2002–03 5th (Pool B) 7 3 0 4 6 18
2003–04 8th 22 9 1 12 9 47
2004–05 3rd 20 12 1 7 7 57
2005–06 2nd 20 14 0 6 10 72
2006–07 3rd 20 12 1 7 11 61
2007–08 1st 18 13 1 4 7 61
2008–09 3rd 18 11 1 6 6 52
2009–10 1st 18 13 0 5 3 55
Semi-final Leinster 16 – 6 Munster
Final Leinster 12 – 17 Ospreys
2010–11 2nd 22 15 1 6 8 70
Semi-final Leinster 18 - 3 Ulster
Final Munster 19 - 9 Leinster
2011–12 1st 22 18 1 3 7 81
Semi-final Leinster 19 - 15 Glasgow
Final Leinster 30 - 31 Ospreys
2012–13 2nd 22 17 0 5 10 78
Semi-final Leinster 17 - 15 Glasgow
Final Ulster 18 - 24 Leinster

Amlin European Challenge Cup[edit]

Season
2012–13 Quarter-Final London Wasps 28 - 48 Leinster
Semi-Final Leinster 44 - 16 Biarritz
Final Leinster 34 - 13 Stade Français

Heineken European Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
1995–96 Pool C 1st 2 2 0 0 4
Semi-final Leinster 14 – 23 Cardiff
1996–97 Pool B 3rd 4 2 0 2 4
1997–98 Pool A 3rd 6 2 0 4 4
1998–99 Pool A 4th 6 2 0 4 4
1999–2000 Pool 1 2nd 6 4 0 2 8
2000–01 Pool 1 2nd 6 3 1 2 7
2001–02 Pool 6 1st 6 5 0 1 10
Quarter-final Leicester Tigers 29 – 18 Leinster
2002–03 Pool 4 1st 6 6 0 0 12
Quarter-final Leinster 18 – 13 Biarritz Olympique
Semi-final Leinster 14 – 21 USA Perpignan
2003–04 Pool 3 2nd 6 4 0 2 2 18
2004–05 Pool 4 1st 6 6 0 0 2 26
Quarter-final Leinster 13 – 29 Leicester Tigers
2005–06 Pool 5 2nd 6 4 0 2 6 22
Quarter-final Toulouse 35 – 41 Leinster
Semi-final Leinster 6 – 30 Munster
2006–07 Pool 2 1st 6 4 0 2 5 21
Quarter-final London Wasps 35 - 13 Leinster
2007–08 Pool 6 3rd 6 3 0 3 0 12
2008–09 Pool 2 1st 6 4 0 2 4 20
Quarter-final Harlequins 5 – 6 Leinster
Semi-final Munster 6 – 25 Leinster
Final Leinster 19 – 16 Leicester Tigers
2009–10 Pool 6 1st 6 4 1 1 4 22
Quarter-final Leinster 29 – 28 ASM Clermont Auvergne
Semi-final Toulouse 26 – 16 Leinster
2010–11 Pool 2 1st 6 5 0 1 4 24
Quarter-final Leinster 17 – 10 Leicester Tigers
Semi-final Leinster 32 – 23 Toulouse
Final Leinster 33 – 22 Northampton Saints
2011–12 Pool 3 1st 6 5 1 0 2 24
Quarter-final Leinster 34 - 3 Cardiff
Semi-final ASM Clermont Auvergne 15 - 19 Leinster
Final Leinster 42 - 14 Ulster
2012–13 Pool 5 2nd 6 4 0 2 4 20
2013–14 Pool 1 1st 6 5 0 1 2 22
Quarter-final Toulon 29 - 14 Leinster

Honours[edit]

  • Irish Inter-Provincial Championship (contested from 1946 to 2002)
    • Winners: 22 (1949, 1950*, 1955*, 1957*, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965*, 1972, 1973*, 1976*, 1978*, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983*, 1984, 1994*, 1996, 1998*, 2002)

Bold indicates Grand Slam; * indicates shared title

Colours and crest[edit]

The flag of the Province of Leinster

Though Leinster Rugby now compete in blue, the team wore green during the early years. The harp has long been associated with the province of Leinster and so Leinster Rugby have sported the harp since their first interprovincial game against Ulster. Though the provincial colours have changed since then, the current provincial crest remains a modernised version of this harp. Legend has it that the harp was adopted Leinster Symbol in the 17th century when Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill flew a green flag with a golden harp from his ship, the St Francis having anchored it at Dunkirk. O'Neill later returned to Ireland to help the Irish Confederation whose headquarters were in Kilkenny, Leinster. The current crest was introduced in 2005 as Leinster Rugby held no copyright on the previous crest. The new, stylised crest, is made specific to Leinster Rugby as it incorporates the harp with a rugby ball.[29] The Leinster Rugby crest is on all official club merchandise including replica jerseys.

The province's current kit is blue with gold trim and a white harp, whilst the second kit is white with a blue harp.

The Leinster jersey also features three stars above the crest, to represent the three Heineken Cup titles won to date.

Stadia[edit]

RDS Arena[edit]

The RDS Arena

Leinster's current home ground is the RDS Arena.[30] Games were first played at the RDS during the 2005–06 season, initially just for Heineken Cup games. By the following season however, all games had been moved to the RDS. The RDS has undergone large scale redevelopment since Leinster moved in. The arena now has a mostly seated capacity of 18,500. As the RDS remains a showjumping venue, the North and South stands are removable. A roof has been constructed to cover the grandstand opposite the pre-existing Anglesea stand.[31] The RDS will be Leinster's home until 2027, as a 20 year lease was signed in 2007.[32]

Plans are afoot for a €17 million redevelopment of the stadium that would boost capacity to 23,000.[33][34]

Aviva Stadium[edit]

Aviva Stadium prior to Leinster game

For bigger games where the RDS does not have sufficient capacity, Leinster play their games at the Aviva Stadium, which has an all-seater capacity of 51,700. These are often key home games in the Heineken Cup or PRO12 games against domestic rivals. In 2010 they first played a home league game against Munster, the first time the stadium sold out,[35] and then against ASM Clermont Auvergne.[36][37][38] Leinster defeated Leicester Tigers in the Aviva in the 2010–11 Heineken Cup quarter-finals. They then went on to beat Toulouse in the semi-finals in the Aviva on 30 April 2011 en route to winning their second Heineken Cup.[39] The following season Leinster hosted Munster, Bath and Cardiff at the Aviva Stadium and remained unbeaten at the ground until December 2012 when they lost 21-28 to ASM Clermont Auvergne.

Donnybrook Stadium[edit]

Main Stand at Donnybrook Stadium

Leinster's traditional home over the years has been Donnybrook Stadium in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Donnybrook consists of a single covered stand and three sides of open terracing. A move across Dublin 4 to the RDS Arena for Leinster was needed to accommodate growing crowds, as the 6,000 capacity stadium had become too small.[40] For this reason, Leinster have signed a long term lease with the Royal Dublin Society to play home games at the RDS Arena. Donnybrook has since, however, been improved as a venue with the reconstruction of the grandstand in 2008[41] and remains an important venue for rugby union in Dublin.[6] Due to limited space, it is unlikely that Donnybrook will undergo further redevelopment. Leinster A play their British and Irish Cup games in the stadium and the senior team have continued to hold certain pre-season friendlies in the stadium as well as most Leinster schools cup matches being held at the venue.[42][43]

Supporters[edit]

Leinster supporter at the 2010 Magners League Cup Final

Before the advent of professionalism in the Irish game, provincial rugby games were generally poorly attended. During most of the 1990s, Leinster matches regularly attracted crowds of about 500 to 2,000.[44] The decision to structure the game professionally via the provincial network through centralised player contracts and the subsequent on-field success achieved by Leinster and the other provinces resulted in a significant increase in support within a decade.[44] Leinster had 3,700 season ticket holders in 2006, double the amount of the previous season.[44] Leinster were the best supported team in the PRO12 for the 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2011–12 seasons. Leinster's supporters were named as 'Player of the Month' for April 2009 following their support in the Heineken Cup Quarter Final against Harlequins at The Stoop.[45] Leinster's average crowd numbers have risen considerably in recent years from 3,926 during the first season of the PRO12, to the current PRO12 average of 18,682.[46] Leinster currently have roughly 12,500 season ticket holders.[47]

The Leinster Jet

Leinster hold the record for the biggest PRO12 attendance. On 2 October 2010, Leinster played Munster in the 5th round of the league at the Aviva Stadium, this set a new crowd attendance record for a PRO12 game at 50,645. Leinster won the match 13–9.[48]

The last match at the old Landsdowne Road stadium was against Ulster on 31 December 2006 before it was demolished to make way for the new Aviva Stadium, earning the match the moniker of "The Last Stand". Leinster won the match 20–12, with an attendance of 48,000 – a record at the time.[49] A previous attendance record in the PRO12 was also set at Lansdowne Road, for a game between Leinster and Munster which drew a crowd of 30,000.[50] Leinsters Heineken Cup clash against Munster at Croke Park set a world record attendance for a "club" rugby union game with a crowd of 82,208.[51] The Official Leinster Supporters Club was formally established as a club in 2007.[52]

Leinster A[edit]

Leinster A is the team that represents Leinster in the British & Irish Cup[53] and in the All Ireland Inter-provincial Championship. Pre-professionalism and a formal Celtic league structure, the main Leinster team competed in the AIPC. Since the advent of professionalism the provinces have fielded lesser teams in order to concentrate on the Celtic League. The team is composed of Senior Leinster squad players requiring gametime, Academy players and AIL players called up from their clubs.

Coaches[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Matt O'Connor  Australia
Forwards Coach Jono Gibbes  New Zealand
Scrum Coach Greg Feek[54]  New Zealand
Skills & Kicking Coach Richie Murphy  Ireland
Chief Executive Mick Dawson  Ireland
Team Manager Guy Easterby  Ireland
Academy Director Girvan Dempsey  Ireland
Team Doctor Prof. John Ryan  Ireland
Team Doctor Prof. Arthur Tanner  Ireland
Team Doctor Dr. Jim McShane  Ireland
Physiotherapist Garreth Farrell  Ireland
Strength & Speed Coach Daniel Tobin  Ireland
Rehabilitation Coach Stephen Smith  Ireland

Current squad[edit]

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

Player Position Union
Sean Cronin Hooker Ireland Ireland
Aaron Dundon Hooker Ireland Ireland
Richardt Strauss Hooker Ireland Ireland
Michael Bent Prop Ireland Ireland
Cian Healy Prop Ireland Ireland
Jack McGrath Prop Ireland Ireland
Martin Moore Prop Ireland Ireland
Jack O'Connell Prop Ireland Ireland
Mike Ross Prop Ireland Ireland
Leo Cullen (c) Lock Ireland Ireland
Tom Denton* Lock England England
Ben Marshall Lock Ireland Ireland
Mike McCarthy Lock Ireland Ireland
Quinn Roux Lock South Africa South Africa
Devin Toner Lock Ireland Ireland
Shane Jennings Flanker Ireland Ireland
Kevin McLaughlin Flanker Ireland Ireland
Jordi Murphy Flanker Ireland Ireland
Seán O'Brien Flanker Ireland Ireland
Rhys Ruddock Flanker Ireland Ireland
Dominic Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Leo Auva'a* Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Jamie Heaslip Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Isaac Boss Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
John Cooney Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Eoin Reddan Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Jimmy Gopperth Outside-half New Zealand New Zealand
Ian Madigan Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Gordon D'Arcy Centre Ireland Ireland
Andrew Goodman Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Brendan Macken Centre Ireland Ireland
Fergus McFadden Centre Ireland Ireland
Brian O'Driscoll Centre Ireland Ireland
Noel Reid Centre Ireland Ireland
Darragh Fanning Wing Ireland Ireland
Luke Fitzgerald Wing Ireland Ireland
Darren Hudson Wing Ireland Ireland
David Kearney Wing Ireland Ireland
Rob Kearney Fullback Ireland Ireland
Zane Kirchner Fullback South Africa South Africa
  • Bold indicates internationally capped player.
  • * Indicates player is qualified to play for Ireland by residency or dual nationality.

Academy squad[edit]

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

Player Position Union
Brian Byrne Hooker Ireland Ireland year 2
Edward Byrne Prop Ireland Ireland year 2
Peter Dooley Prop Ireland Ireland year 1
Tadhg Furlong Prop Ireland Ireland year 3
James Tracey Prop Ireland Ireland year 3
Tadgh Beirne Lock Ireland Ireland year 2
Ross Molony Lock Ireland Ireland year 1
Gavin Thornbury Lock Ireland Ireland year 2
Conor Gilsenan Flanker Ireland Ireland year 3
Dan Leavy Flanker Ireland Ireland year 2
Josh Van Der Flier Flanker Ireland Ireland year 2
Jack Conan Number 8 Ireland Ireland year 2
Player Position Union
Luke McGrath Scrum-half Ireland Ireland year 3
Steve Crosbie Outside-half Ireland Ireland year 1
Cathal Marsh Outside-half Ireland Ireland year 2
Thomas Daly Centre Ireland Ireland year 1
Jordan Coughlan Centre Ireland Ireland year 3
Collie O'Shea Centre Ireland Ireland year 3
Andrew Boyle Wing Ireland Ireland year 3
Adam Byrne Wing Ireland Ireland year 1
Sam Coghlan Murray Wing Ireland Ireland year 4
Bill Dardis Fullback Ireland Ireland year 1

Transfers 2014-15[edit]

Players In[edit]

Players Out[edit]

Notable players & staff[edit]

See also Category:Leinster Rugby players

British and Irish Lions from Leinster[edit]

The following Leinster players, in addition to representing Ireland, have also represented the British and Irish Lions.[61]

British and Irish Lions from other nations[edit]

The following Leinster players, in addition to representing their national team, have also represented the British and Irish Lions.

Notable former overseas players[edit]

The following is a list of former non-Irish international representative Leinster players:

* indicates World Cup winners

Former Head Coaches (Professional era)[edit]

  • New ZealandJosef Schmidt (2010/11 - 2012/13) - 4 titles (Heineken European Cup x 2, Amlin European Challenge Cup, PRO12)
  • AustraliaMichael Cheika (2005/06 - 2009/10) - 2 titles (Heineken European Cup, PRO12)
  • IrelandGerry Murphy (Interim Coach 2004/05)
  • IrelandDeclan Kidney (2004/05)
  • AustraliaGary Ella (2003/04)
  • AustraliaMatt Williams (2000/01 - 2002/03) - 2 titles (PRO12, Irish Interprovincial Championship)
  • WalesMike Ruddock (1997/98 - 1999/00) - 1 title (Irish Interprovincial Championship)

Former Captains (Professional era)[edit]

Personnel honours and records[edit]

ERC Elite Awards[edit]

  • Team Award (50 Heineken Cup matches): Ireland Leinster Rugby (115)

Player awards[edit]

(Correct as of 19 May 2012)

ERC European Player of the Year[edit]

ERC European Dream Team[edit]

The following Leinster players were selected in the ERC European Dream Team, an all-time dream team of Heineken Cup players.

Elsom had the fewest Heineken Cup appearances in the team and was the only member born outside of Europe. Both players were part of the 2008–09 Heineken Cup winning team.

PRO12 Team of the Year[edit]

Individual records[edit]

Heineken Cup[edit]

(correct as of 27 May 2013)

Celtic League[edit]

Bold indicates highest overall League record. (correct as of 27 May 2013).

See also[edit]

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