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Provinces Flying The Flag In Europe

Apr 07, 2017

  It was fantastic to see both Leinster and Munster get over the line in their respective

 Champions Cup quarter-finals last weekend, and who knows they could both be travelling to 

Murrayfield in May, writes Johnny O'Connor.Leinster were brilliant in their victory over Wasps,

 but I have to admit, I expected more from my former club.Wasps have accumulated a lot of 

top-quality players and spent a lot of money doing that, but the last time they won the European 

Cup was ten years ago.

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But Leinster have been exceptional all season, and with the coaching set-up they have with Leo 

Cullen, Stuart Lancaster, John Fogarty and Girvan Dempsey, there is a lot great managerial minds 

there. Leinster have been a revelation with the amount of young players they have coming through.

Munster were great in their victory over Toulouse as well. They have gathered momentum and a real

 sense of cohesiveness this season. They are playing with huge passion and directness and I enjoy

 watching them.


Munster were always about the physicality and in-your-face mentality. That changed a bit under Rob

 Penney and they weren't comfortable with it. But now they are back playing the style of rugby 

that won them two European Cups - they have every chance against Saracens.