2011–12 Leinster Rugby season

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Leinster Rugby
2011–12 season
Manager New Zealand Josef Schmidt
Captain Ireland Leo Cullen
Pro 12 League Runners-up
Heineken Cup Winners vs Ulster
British and Irish Cup Semi-final, lost to Munster A
Top try scorer League: Ian Madigan (8)
Top points scorer League: Jonathan Sexton (213)
Highest home attendance 50,340 vs. Cardiff Blues, 7 April 2012
Lowest home attendance 14,362 vs. Dragons, 9 September 2011

The 2011–12 Leinster Rugby season was Leinster's eleventh season competing in the Pro 12, they also competed in the Heineken Cup which they won for the second consecutive year. The Leinster 'A' team however were knocked out of the British and Irish Cup by Munster A in the semi-final.

Squad[edit]

Coaching and Management team[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head & Defence Coach Josef Schmidt  New Zealand
Forwards Coach Jono Gibbes  New Zealand
Scrum Coach Greg Feek  New Zealand
Skills & Kicking Coach Richie Murphy  Ireland
Chief Executive Mick Dawson  Ireland
Team Manager Guy Easterby  Ireland
Team Doctor Prof. John Ryan  Ireland
Team Doctor Prof. Arthur Tanner  Ireland
Team Doctor Dr. Jim McShane  Ireland
Physiotherapist James Allen  Ireland
Strength & Conditioning Coach Jason Cowman  Ireland
Chief Scout Guy Easterby  Ireland

Playing Squad 2011/2012[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
Sean Cronin Hooker Ireland Ireland
Richardt Strauss Hooker South Africa South Africa
Aaron Dundon Hooker Ireland Ireland
Tom Sexton Hooker Ireland Ireland
Jamie Hagan Prop Ireland Ireland
Cian Healy Prop Ireland Ireland
Jack McGrath Prop Ireland Ireland
Mike Ross Prop Ireland Ireland
Heinke van der Merwe Prop South Africa South Africa
Nathan White Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Damian Browne Lock Ireland Ireland
Leo Cullen (c) Lock Ireland Ireland
Ed O'Donoghue Lock Ireland Ireland
Steven Sykes Lock South Africa South Africa
Devin Toner Lock Ireland Ireland
Mark Flanagan Lock Ireland Ireland
Brad Thorn Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Shane Jennings Flanker Ireland Ireland
Kevin McLaughlin Flanker Ireland Ireland
Sean O'Brien Flanker Ireland Ireland
Dominic Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Rhys Ruddock 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
Eoin Reddan Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
John Cooney Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Matt Berquist Outside-half New Zealand New Zealand
Ian Madigan Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Jonathan Sexton Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Gordon D'Arcy Centre Ireland Ireland
Brendan Macken Centre Ireland Ireland
Fergus McFadden Centre Ireland Ireland
Brian O'Driscoll Centre Ireland Ireland
Eoin O'Malley Centre Ireland Ireland
Fionn Carr Wing Ireland Ireland
Luke Fitzgerald Wing Ireland Ireland
Shane Horgan Wing Ireland Ireland
David Kearney Wing Ireland Ireland
Isa Nacewa Fullback Fiji Fiji
Andrew Conway Fullback Ireland Ireland
Rob Kearney Fullback Ireland Ireland

In for 2011–12[edit]

Out for 2011/12[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Fixtures[edit]

RaboDirect PRO12[edit]

Table[edit]

Pro12 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Ireland Leinster (F) 22 18 1 3 568 326 +242 48 28 5 2 81
2 Wales Ospreys (C) 22 16 1 5 491 337 +154 44 22 2 3 71
3 Ireland Munster (SF) 22 14 1 7 489 367 +122 45 27 5 4 67
4 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (SF) 22 13 4 5 445 321 +124 34 23 2 3 65
5 Wales Scarlets 22 12 2 8 446 373 +73 43 30 5 5 62
6 Ireland Ulster 22 12 0 10 474 424 +50 53 41 5 3 56
7 Wales Cardiff Blues 22 10 0 12 446 460 −14 43 45 5 5 50
8 Ireland Connacht 22 7 1 14 321 433 −112 27 36 0 7 37
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 22 7 1 14 370 474 −104 27 41 1 5 36
10 Italy Benetton Treviso 22 7 0 15 419 558 −139 41 57 3 5 36
11 Scotland Edinburgh 22 6 1 15 454 588 −134 42 65 2 4 32
12 Italy Aironi 22 4 0 18 289 551 −262 22 54 1 5 22

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[21]

  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. Qualification for the Heineken Cup is based on each country's allocation, i.e. three highest-ranked Irish teams, three highest-ranked Welsh teams, both Italian teams and both Scottish teams. Because Leinster won the 2012 Heineken Cup Final, Ireland earned an extra Heineken Cup place, which will go to Connacht. Aironi were denied a licence for the 2012–13 season due to financial issues; the newly established Zebre side replaced Aironi in the Pro12 and Heineken Cup.

Updated 5 May 2012. Source: RaboDirect PRO12

Fixtures[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

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 1 0 18 7 +11 172 88 +84 2 0 24
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 2 1 3 8 12 -4 106 133 -27 0 2 12
England Bath 6 2 0 4 11 15 -4 122 151 -29 0 3 11
France Montpellier 6 1 2 3 8 11 -3 84 112 -28 0 2 10

Fixtures[edit]

Pool Stage[edit]

Quarter-final[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Final[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[edit]

Last updated 9 June 2012

Key: Black shirt.png = Appearances, Try = Tries, YC = Yellow card, Red card = Red card

Position Nation Name Pro 12 Heineken Cup Total
Black shirt.png Try YC Red card Black shirt.png Try YC Red card Black shirt.png Try YC Red card
HK Ireland Sean Cronin 14 3 0 0 9 2 0 0 23 5 0 0
HK South Africa Richardt Strauss 20 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 28 1 0 0
HK Ireland Aaron Dundon 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
HK Ireland Tom Sexton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
PR Ireland Jamie Hagan 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 1 0 0
PR Ireland Simon Shawe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PR Ireland Cian Healy 8 0 0 0 8 3 0 0 16 3 0 0
PR Ireland Mike Ross 9 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 18 0 1 0
PR South Africa Heinke van der Merwe 22 1 1 0 9 1 0 0 31 2 1 0
PR New Zealand Nathan White 16 1 1 0 7 0 0 0 23 1 1 0
PR Ireland Jack McGrath 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0
PR Ireland Jack O'Connell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
PR Ireland Martin Moore 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
LK Ireland Damian Browne 17 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 21 0 1 0
LK Ireland Leo Cullen 9 0 2 0 9 0 1 0 18 0 3 0
LK Ireland Ed O'Donoghue 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LK Ireland Eoin Sheriff 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LK Ireland Mark Flanagan 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
LK South Africa Steven Sykes 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
LK Ireland Devin Toner 22 2 0 0 8 0 1 0 30 2 1 0
LK Ireland Ciaran Ruddock 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
LK New Zealand Brad Thorn 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
FL Ireland Shane Jennings 14 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 23 1 0 0
FL Ireland Kevin McLaughlin 19 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 26 1 0 0
FL Ireland Sean O'Brien 6 1 0 0 9 2 1 0 15 3 1 0
FL Ireland Dominic Ryan 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0
FL Ireland Rhys Ruddock 17 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 21 2 0 0
FL Ireland Jordi Murphy 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
N8 Ireland Jamie Heaslip 7 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 16 0 1 0
N8 New Zealand Leo Auva'a 19 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 5 0 0
SH Ireland Isaac Boss 14 2 1 0 8 2 0 0 22 4 1 0
SH Ireland Eoin Reddan 12 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 21 1 0 0
SH Ireland John Cooney 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 0
SH Ireland Cillian Willis 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
SH Ireland Luke McGrath 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
OH New Zealand Matt Berquist 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
OH Ireland Ian Madigan 21 7 0 0 5 1 0 0 26 8 0 0
OH Ireland Jonathan Sexton 8 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 16 1 0 0
OH Ireland Noel Reid 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0
CE Ireland Gordon D'Arcy 8 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 17 1 0 0
CE Ireland Colm O'Shea 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
CE Ireland Brendan Macken 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 0 0
CE Ireland Fergus McFadden 13 3 0 0 8 0 0 0 21 3 0 0
CE Ireland Brian O'Driscoll 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 7 1 0 0
CE Ireland Eoin O'Malley 17 1 0 0 5 2 0 0 22 3 0 0
WG Ireland Fionn Carr 18 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 20 5 0 0
WG Ireland Luke Fitzgerald 13 2 0 0 6 2 0 0 19 4 0 0
WG Ireland Shane Horgan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WG Ireland David Kearney 19 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 21 3 0 0
WG Ireland Darren Hudson 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
FB Fiji Isa Nacewa 18 5 1 0 9 1 0 0 27 6 1 0
FB Ireland Andrew Conway 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
FB Ireland Rob Kearney 7 1 0 0 9 6 0 0 16 7 0 0

British & Irish Cup[edit]

Pool Stage[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster (1) 4 3 1 0 13 8 +5 117 75 +42 2 0 16
England Bedford Blues 4 2 1 1 19 10 +9 137 104 +33 1 1 12
Wales Aberavon 4 1 0 3 12 9 +3 89 97 -8 1 1 6
England London Scottish 4 1 0 3 4 23 -19 47 162 -115 0 0 4

Fixtures[edit]

Pool Stage[edit]

12 November 2011
15:00
Esher RFC England 32 – 18 Ireland Leinster A
Report
19 November 2011
18:00
Leinster A Ireland 42 – 20 Scotland Melrose
Report
11 December 2011
13:00
Llanelli Wales 13 – 19 Ireland Leinster A
Report
18 December 2011
14:00
Leinster A Ireland 24 – 24 Wales London Welsh
Report

Quarter-final[edit]

22 January 2012
14:00
Leinster A Ireland 32 – 0 Wales Pontypridd
Report

Semi-final[edit]

6 April 2012
18:00
Leinster A Ireland 29 – 32 Ireland Munster A
Report

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