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Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby Logo
Nickname(s) Les Bleus, Boys in Blue
Founded 1879; 136 years ago (1879)
Location Dublin, Ireland
Ground(s) RDS Arena (Capacity: 18,500)
Aviva Stadium (Capacity: 51,700)
CEO Mick Dawson
Coach(es) Leo Cullen
Captain(s) Isa Nacewa
Most caps Gordon D'Arcy (257)
Top scorer Felipe Contepomi (1,225)
Most tries Shane Horgan (69)
League(s) Pro12
2014–15 5th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
The four provinces of Ireland

Leinster Rugby (Irish: Rugbaí Laighean) is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland. They compete in the Pro12 and the European Rugby Champions 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.

Leinster play their home games primarily at the RDS Arena, although larger games are played in the Aviva Stadium when the capacity of the RDS is insufficient.[1] Before moving to the RDS in 2005, Leinster's traditional home ground was Donnybrook Stadium, in Dublin 4. The province plays primarily in blue and the team crest features a harp within a rugby ball, the harp being taken from the flag of Leinster.

Leinster turned professional along with its fellow Irish provinces in 1995 and has competed in the 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 four times been Pro12 champions and three times champions of Europe.


Founding (1875–1899)[edit]

The Leinster Branch was inaugurated at a meeting on the 31st of October, 1879. The meeting was held at Lawrence's premises 63 Grafton Street and was largely attended. Although this was the formal founding of Leinster as we know it today, with the amalgamation of the Irish Football Union and the Northern union, the Leinster provincial team had been active since 1875 - when the first interprovincial derby was played against Ulster. The Leinster and Ulster teams also made up the representative Irish team that competed against England in Irelands first ever international in 1875. Upon the founding of the union, Munster were also added to the fray in 1879, when their first provincial team was selected and first Munster players represented Ireland.[3][4]

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) 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.

The first Interprovincial matches between Leinster, Ulster and Munster were held in 1875. 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.

Leinster Schools Interprovincial matches have been taking place since 1888. Leinster Schools beat the Ulster Schools in Belfast on Saturday, April 7th, by a dropped goal to a try. Their first match against Munster Schools took place on March 18th, 1899, when Leinster won by two tries to one.

The Leinster Schools 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. 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]

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. Between 1946 and 2002 the sides would meet annually to contest the Irish Interprovincial Championship and on rare occasion would be tested against touring international sides. When rugby union was declared 'open' in 1995, these four teams became the four professional teams run by the Irish Rugby Football Union and therefore much of the history of the side has been made in the modern era.

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.[6] 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.[7] In 2002–03, they became only the third team in the history of the European 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, which was accompanied by an unsuccessful season in the Celtic League. The 2003–04 season also ended in disappointment as Leinster slumped to their worst ever league performance and failed to qualify from their European Cup group.

Title misses (2004–07)[edit]

Leinster improved during the 2004–05 season, finishing 3rd, just 3 points behind the eventual winners, the Ospreys.[8] Leinster also won all of their pool games in that year's European 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 near misses for Leinster, as they lost out on the 2005–06 and 2006–07 league titles on the final day of the season. These seasons also saw progress in the European Cup. In 2005–06, Leinster progressed to the semi-final but were eliminated by Irish rivals Munster at Lansdowne Road and they reached the quarter-final the following year where they were beaten by eventual winners London Wasps.

European and domestic success (2008–Present)[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 European 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 European Cup pool despite away losses to French side Castres and English side Wasps.[11] Victory over Harlequins in the quarter-finals 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 European 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 European 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 European Cup, Leinster defeated the top English teams (Leicester Tigers, Saracens & Northampton Saints), as well as top French sides, Toulouse (who were the defending European champions), Racing Metro & Clermont Auvergne, (the French Champions).[15] to go on to regain their title as champions of Europe in the 2011 European Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Trailing at half time, Leinster scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat Northampton 33 – 22 and claim their second European crown with the biggest comeback in European Cup final history.[16][17] Leinster were also chasing a Pro12 & European Cup double, but lost 19 – 9 to Irish rivals Munster in the Pro12 Final.[18]

In 2011–12 Leinster became only the second side ever to retain the title of European Champions. Leinster emerged unbeaten in group play to top their group[19] and went on to defeat the Cardiff Blues 34–3 in the quarterfinals,[20] followed by a 19–15 semifinal victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne.[21] and defeated Ulster in the first all-Irish final 42–14, recording the most points scored and the most tries scored in a European Cup final as well as becoming the first unbeaten side to win the European Cup.[22] Once again, Leinster targeted the double, and faced a repeat of the 2010 Pro12 final against the Ospreys. 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 despite topping the table in the regular season.[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 European 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]

Leinster continued their success in the 2013–14 season by becoming the first team ever to defend the Pro12 title, topping the league in the regular season and defeating Glasgow Warriors 34 – 12 in their 5th consecutive Pro12 play-off final and also secured their 7th major title in as many years.[28]

Previous season standings[edit]

Heineken Cup / Rugby Champions 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 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 RC Toulon 29 – 14 Leinster
2014–15 Pool 2 1st 6 4 1 1 2 20
Quarter-final Leinster 18 - 15 Bath
Semi-final RC Toulon 25 - 20 Leinster (A.E.T.)

European Challenge Cup / Rugby Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Round Result
2012–13 Quarter-Final Wasps 28 – 48 Leinster
Semi-final Leinster 44 – 16 Biarritz Olympique
Final Leinster 34 – 13 Stade Français

Celtic League / 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 74[n 1]
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
2013–14 1st 22 17 1 4 12 82
Semi-final Leinster 13 – 9 Ulster
Final Leinster 34 – 12 Glasgow
2014–15 5th 22 11 3 8 12 62
  1. ^ 11 teams were involved in this season, so one team did not play each week and were awarded 4 points instead.
    Therefore, each team finished the season with 8 more points than the table would seem to warrant.

Current standings[edit]


2015–16 Pro12 watch · edit · discuss
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Ireland Connacht 7 6 0 1 199 146 +53 23 16 3 1 28
2 Ireland Munster 7 6 0 1 166 146 +20 18 11 2 1 27
3 Wales Scarlets 7 6 0 1 148 100 +48 15 11 1 1 26
4 Ireland Leinster 7 5 0 2 152 105 +47 15 10 2 1 23
5 Ireland Ulster 7 4 0 3 169 112 +57 23 9 4 2 22
6 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 7 4 0 3 177 158 +19 19 15 3 3 22
7 Scotland Edinburgh 7 4 0 3 113 101 +12 10 6 0 2 18
8 Wales Ospreys 7 2 0 5 129 145 −16 12 17 1 2 11
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 7 2 0 5 110 151 −41 9 16 0 2 10
10 Italy Zebre 7 2 0 5 84 190 −106 9 27 1 0 9
11 Wales Cardiff Blues 7 1 0 6 196 192 +4 23 25 2 3 9
12 Italy Benetton Treviso 7 0 0 7 100 197 −97 10 23 0 4 4

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[29]

  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, and earn a place in the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
To facilitate the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there will be no play-offs for the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup with the 20th place going to the winner of the 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup if not already qualified.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2016–17 European Rugby Challenge Cup

European Rugby Champions Cup[edit]

Pool 5[edit]

England Wasps 2 2 0 0 65 12 +53 7 0 1 0 9
England Bath 1 1 0 0 19 16 +3 1 1 0 0 4
France Toulon 1 0 0 1 6 32 –26 0 4 0 0 0
Ireland Leinster 2 0 0 2 22 52 –30 1 4 0 0 0


  • Limerick World Club 7's Series
    • Shield Winners: 1 (2015)
  • Irish Inter-Provincial Championship[note 4][30]
    • Winners: 22 (1949, 1950*, 1955*, 1957*, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965*, 1972, 1973*, 1976*, 1978*, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983*, 1984, 1994*, 1996, 1998*, 2002)

Results versus Touring Sides[edit]

Scores and results list Leinster's points tally first.
Date Opponent Location Result Score Notes
17 November 1945 New Zealand New Zealand Kiwis[note 5] Lansdowne Road, Dublin Drew 10–10 Details of Tour
27 November 1957 Australia Australia Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 8–10 Match Programme
Match Ticket
1 February 1961 South Africa South Africa Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 5–12 Match Programme
22 January 1964 New Zealand New Zealand Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 3–11 Match Programme
7 December 1966 Australia Australia Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 3–9 Match Programme
15 November 1972 New Zealand New Zealand Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 9–17 Match Programme
15 September 1973 Fiji Fiji Lansdowne Road, Dublin Won 30–9 Match Programme
13 November 1974 New Zealand New Zealand Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 3–8 Match Programme
Match Highlights
21 October 1978 Argentina Argentina Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 13–24
30 December 1979 Italy Italy Donnybrook, Dublin Won 26–10 Celebrating 100 year anniversary
8 October 1980 Romania Romania Donnybrook, Dublin Won 24–10 Match Programme
8 November 1989 New Zealand New Zealand Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 9–36 Match Programme
17 October 1992 Australia Australia Lansdowne Road, Dublin Lost 11–38 Match Programme
12 November 1994 United States USA Donnybrook, Dublin  ?  ? Match Programme
24 August 1999 Argentina Argentina Donnybrook, Dublin Lost 22–51 Match Report

Colours and crest[edit]

The flag of the Province of 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.[31] The Leinster Rugby crest is on all official club merchandise including replica jerseys.

The province's current kit is blue with a white harp and 12 white lines, which represent the 12 counties of Leinster, whilst the second kit is white with a blue harp and 12 blue lines.

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

Kit suppliers[edit]

Since the 2007–08 season, Leinster's kits have been supplied by Canterbury of New Zealand.


RDS Arena[edit]

Main article: RDS Arena
The RDS Arena

Leinster's current home ground is the RDS Arena.[32] Games were first played at the RDS during the 2005–06 season, initially just for European 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.[33] The RDS will be Leinster's home until 2027, as a 20-year lease was signed in 2007.[34]

In July 2014, it was announced by the RDS and Leinster rugby that a design competition was being held to develop the arena into a 25,000 capacity world class stadium, with work expected to commence on the redevelopment in April 2016.[35] The selling of naming rights to the arena will be a key component in funding the project, with an initial budget of €20,000,000 being proposed.[36]

Inside the RDS Arena prior to a Leinster Game

Aviva Stadium[edit]

Main article: Aviva Stadium
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 European 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,[37] and then against ASM Clermont Auvergne.[38][39][40] Leinster defeated Leicester Tigers at the venue in the 2010–11 European Cup quarter-finals and went on to beat Toulouse in the semi-finals, also held at the Aviva stadium on 30 April 2011, en route to winning their second European Cup.[41] 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 article: Donnybrook Stadium
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.[42] 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[43] and remains an important venue for rugby union in Dublin.[5] 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.[44][45]


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.[46] 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.[46] Leinster had 3,700 season ticket holders in 2006, double the amount of the previous season.[46] Leinster's supporters were named as 'Player of the Month' for April 2009 following their support in the European Cup Quarter Final against Harlequins at The Stoop.[47] 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.[48] Leinster currently have roughly 12,500 season ticket holders.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51] 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.[52] Leinsters European Cup clash against Munster at Croke Park set a world record attendance for a "club" rugby union game with a crowd of 82,208.[53] The Official Leinster Supporters Club was formally established as a club in 2007.[54]

Leinster A[edit]

Leinster A is the team that represents Leinster in the British & Irish Cup[55] 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 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.


As of the 2014/2015 season the club are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, the country's oldest banking institution. However, on occasion the team will wear a shirt adorned with the logo of another sponsor due to a promotion run annually by the bank offering up the sponsorship space to an Irish business by way of a competition to win the right to become sponsor for a day.[56] During the 2013/2014 season the contest was won by Dublin-based meat wholesaler Gahan Meats[57] and for 2014/2015 the shirt sponsorship winners were accounting software provider Big Red Cloud.[58] The sponsorship prize package is valued at €50,000 and attracts hundreds of companies keen to be shortlisted each year.[59]

Management & Coaches[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chief Executive Mick Dawson  Ireland
Head of Rugby Operations Guy Easterby  Ireland
Head Coach Leo Cullen  Ireland
Backs Coach Girvan Dempsey  Ireland
Defence Coach Kurt McQuilkin  Ireland
Scrum Coach John Fogarty  Ireland

Current squad[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2015–16 season, see List of 2015–16 Pro12 transfers#Leinster.

2015-16 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
Byrne, BryanBryan Byrne Hooker Ireland Ireland
Cronin, SeanSean Cronin Hooker Ireland Ireland
Dundon, AaronAaron Dundon Hooker Ireland Ireland
Strauss, RichardtRichardt Strauss Hooker Ireland Ireland
Tracy, JamesJames Tracy Hooker Ireland Ireland
Bent, MichaelMichael Bent Prop Ireland Ireland
Burke-Flynn, RoyceRoyce Burke-Flynn Prop Ireland Ireland
Byrne, EdEd Byrne Prop Ireland Ireland
Furlong, TadhgTadhg Furlong Prop Ireland Ireland
Healy, CianCian Healy Prop Ireland Ireland
Hirst, IanIan Hirst Prop Ireland Ireland
McGrath, JackJack McGrath Prop Ireland Ireland
Moore, MartinMartin Moore Prop Ireland Ireland
Ross, MikeMike Ross Prop Ireland Ireland
Beirne, TadghTadgh Beirne Lock Ireland Ireland
Denton, TomTom Denton* Lock England England
Kearney, MickMick Kearney Lock Ireland Ireland
McCarthy, MikeMike McCarthy Lock Ireland Ireland
Thornbury, GavinGavin Thornbury Lock Ireland Ireland
Toner, DevinDevin Toner Lock Ireland Ireland
Triggs, HaydenHayden Triggs Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Leavy, DanDan Leavy Flanker Ireland Ireland
Murphy, JordiJordi Murphy Flanker Ireland Ireland
O'Brien, SeánSeán O'Brien Flanker Ireland Ireland
Ruddock, RhysRhys Ruddock Flanker Ireland Ireland
Ryan, DominicDominic Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Ryan, TonyTony Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
van der Flier, JoshJosh van der Flier Flanker Ireland Ireland
Conan, JackJack Conan Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Heaslip, JamieJamie Heaslip Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Boss, IsaacIsaac Boss Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
McGrath, LukeLuke McGrath Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Reddan, EoinEoin Reddan Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Marsh, CathalCathal Marsh Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Sexton, JonathanJonathan Sexton Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Madigan, IanIan Madigan Centre Ireland Ireland
O'Shea, CollieCollie O'Shea Centre Ireland Ireland
Reid, NoelNoel Reid Centre Ireland Ireland
Te'o, BenBen Te'o Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Fanning, DarraghDarragh Fanning Wing Ireland Ireland
Fitzgerald, LukeLuke Fitzgerald Wing Ireland Ireland
Kearney, DavidDavid Kearney Wing Ireland Ireland
McFadden, FergusFergus McFadden Wing Ireland Ireland
McGrath, MickMick McGrath Wing Ireland Ireland
Kearney, RobRob Kearney Fullback Ireland Ireland
Kirchner, ZaneZane Kirchner Fullback South Africa South Africa
Nacewa, IsaIsa Nacewa (c) Fullback Fiji Fiji
  • Senior 15s internationally capped players in bold.
  • Players qualified to play for Ireland on dual nationality or residency grounds*.
  • Irish Provinces are currently limited to 4 non-Irish eligible (NIE) players and 1 non-Irish qualified player (NIQ or "Project Player").

Academy squad[edit]

[60] 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 McNulty Hooker Ireland Ireland year 1
Peter Dooley Prop Ireland Ireland year 3
Oisin Heffernan Prop Ireland Ireland year 1
Jeremy Loughman Prop Ireland Ireland year 1
Ross Molony Lock Ireland Ireland year 3
David O'Connor Lock Ireland Ireland year 1
Josh Murphy Flanker Ireland Ireland year 1
Peadar Timmins Flanker Ireland Ireland year 2
Player Position Union
Nick McCarthy Scrum-half Ireland Ireland year 2
Ross Byrne Outside-half Ireland Ireland year 2
Joey Carbery Outside-half Ireland Ireland year 1
Harrison Brewer Centre Ireland Ireland year 2
Steve Crosbie Centre Ireland Ireland year 3
Thomas Daly Centre Ireland Ireland year 3
Thomas Farrell Centre Ireland Ireland year 3
Rory O'Loughlin Centre Ireland Ireland year 2
Garry Ringrose Centre Ireland Ireland year 2
Adam Byrne Wing Ireland Ireland year 3
Ian Fitzpatrick Wing Ireland Ireland year 2
Bill Dardis Fullback Ireland Ireland year 3
Cian Kelleher Fullback Ireland Ireland year 2

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.[30]

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 overseas players[edit]

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

* indicates World Cup winners

Head coaches (professional era)[edit]

As of 6 October 2015[note 6]
Coach Season(s) GP W D L Win % Loss % Championships / Notes
IrelandCullen, LeoLeo Cullen 2015/16 – 3 2 0 1 66.7% 33.3%
AustraliaO'Connor, MattMatt O'Connor 2013/14 – 2014/15 61 40 5 16 65.6% 26.2% Pro12 (2014)
New ZealandSchmidt, JoeJoe Schmidt 2010/11 – 2012/13 99 77 3 19 77.8% 19.2% European Cup (2011)
European Cup (2012)
Challenge Cup (2013)

Pro12 (2013)

AustraliaCheika, MichaelMichael Cheika 2005/06 – 2009/10 134 88 4 42 65.7% 31.3% Pro12 (2008)

European Cup (2009)

IrelandMurphy, GerryGerry Murphy 2004/05 4 2 0 2 50% 50% Interim Coach
IrelandKidney, DeclanDeclan Kidney 2004/05 25 17 1 7 68% 28%
AustraliaElla, GaryGary Ella 2003/04 30 14 2 14 46.7% 46.7%
AustraliaWillams, MattMatt Willams 2000/01 – 2002/03 46 31 3 12 67.4% 26.1% Pro12 (2002)

Irish Interprovincial Championship (2002)

WalesRuddock, MikeMike Ruddock 1997/98 – 1999/00 34 16 0 18 47.1% 52.9% Irish Interprovincial Championship (1998)

Club captains (professional era)[edit]

Personnel honours and records[edit]

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 over the first 15 years of professional European rugby. (1995–2010)

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]

Pro12 Golden Boot[edit]

The Golden Boot is awarded to the kicker who has successfully converted the highest percentage of place kicks during the 22 week regular Pro12 season. The prize has been awarded annually since 2012. (Percentage success rate in brackets)

Individual records[edit]

All Time[edit]

(correct as of 26 May 2015).

European Cup[edit]

(correct as of 26 May 2015)


(correct as of 26 May 2015).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Formerly known as Heineken European Cup
  2. ^ Formerly known as European Challenge Cup
  3. ^ Formerly known as Celtic League / Magners League
  4. ^ Contested from 1946 to 2002 – Bold indicates Grand Slam; * indicates shared title
  5. ^ Representative side consisting of New Zealand soldiers who completed military service in World War II. Much of the squad went on to represent the All Blacks.
  6. ^ Original research sourced from http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/team/results/index.php


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