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Connacht v Leinster

Guinness Pro 12 Round 3

Friday 19th September 2014 Kick Off 19:35 On TV: TG4

 

After two victories from two outings so far, Connacht take on provincial rivals Leinster hoping to make it 3 wins on the bounce. Leinster, the defending champions of the last two seasons started with a last gasp defeat to Glasgow but bounced back with a convincing bonus point win over Scarlets last Saturday. Leinster travel with a strong squad and will be eager to rack up as many points as possible before European and International distractions may reduce their options for games later in the season.

Other Match Stats
Leinster have won the last 3 matches between the two sides
Connacht's last win over Leinster was a 34-6 bonus point win in September 2012.
Connacht's previous victories over Leinster came in April 2010, winning 27-13 and October 2008 winning 19-18.
Connacht's have won their first 3 games of the league season only once previously in 2002/2003


Leinster Stats
Website: www.leinsterrugby.ie
Founded: 1879
Ground: RDS
Capacity: 18,500
Captain: Jamie Heaslip
Coaches: Matt O'Connor

Rabo Direct Pro 12 League Position 2013/14: 1st Points 82. Beat Glasgow 34-12 in the final
Heineken Cup 2013/14: Quarter Finalist. Lost 29-14 to Toulon. 1st in Pool 1 Points: 23

Previous Fixtures
Northampton 33-21 Leinster (Friendly)
Leinster 7-10 Ulster (Friendly
Glasgow Warriors 22-20 Leinster (Round 1)
Leinster 42-12 Llanelli Scarlets (Round 2)

Next League Fixture:
Friday 26th September 2014 Leinster v Cardiff @ RDS Kick Off: 19.35

European Cup (Pool 2)
Leinster
Castres
Wasps
Harlequins

Leinster Ins and Outs 2014/15
Players In
Sam Coghlan Murray from Academy
Jack Conan from Academy
Kane Douglas from Waratahs
Tadhg Furlong from Academy
Sean McCarthy from Jersey
Luke McGrath from Academy
Collie O'Shea from Academy
Ben Te'o from South Sydney Rabbitohs
James Tracy from Academy

Players Out
Leo Auva'a to Benetton Treviso
Andrew Boyle
John Cooney to Connacht (loan)
Leo Cullen retired
Conor Gilsenan to London Irish
Andrew Goodman
Darren Hudson to Bristol Rugby
Jack O'Connell to Bristol Rugby
Brian O'Driscoll retired
Quinn Roux to Connacht (loan)

Previous Meetings

Saturday 4th January 2014 Rabo Direct Pro 12
Connacht 8-16 Leinster
www.pro12rugby.com/matchcentre/13767.php

Saturday 26th October 2013 Rabo Direct Pro 12
Leinster 16-13 Connacht
www.pro12rugby.com/matchcentre/13204.php

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