Leinster Rugby 2018/19- Fixtures, Squad News and Season Prediction

The reigning PRO 14 and Champions Cup winners Leinster once again will look to another good season of rugby. In this article we take you our readers through Leinster Rugby, we will look ahead to their upcoming season, giving some teams as in players that came in to the club and players that have left the club in pre-season. We will also look at a preview of the season ahead and our prediction on how we think the Blues will do this year.

Fixtures

PRO 14

Round 1 – Friday, 31st August – 7.35pm

Cardiff Blues v Leinster Rugby, Cardiff Arms Park (Live on Premier Sports & eir sport 1)

Round 2 – Saturday, 8th September – 7.35pm

Scarlets v Leinster Rugby, Parc y Scarlets (Live on Premier Sports, eir sport & TG4)

Round 3 – Saturday, 15th September – 5.15pm

Leinster Rugby v Dragons, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport, Premier Sports & TG4)

Round 4 – Saturday, 22nd September – KO 7.35pm

Leinster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport & Premier Sports)

Round 5 – Saturday, 29th September – 5.15pm

Connacht Rugby v Leinster Rugby, Sportsground (Live TG4, eir sport & Premier Sports)

Round 6 – Saturday, 6th October – 6pm

Leinster Rugby v Munster Rugby, Aviva Stadium (Live on eir sport and Premier Sports)

Round 7 – Saturday, 27th October – 4pm

Benetton Rugby v Leinster Rugby, Stadio Monigo (Live on eir sport & Premier Sports)

Round 8 – Sunday, 4th November – 2.45pm

Southern Kings v Leinster Rugby, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Live on SuperSport, Premier Sports & eir sport)

Round 9 – Friday, 23rd November – 7.35pm

Leinster Rugby v Ospreys Rugby, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport, Free Sports, TG4)

Round 10 – Saturday, 1st December – 5.15pm

Dragons v Leinster Rugby, Rodney Parade (Live on Premier Sports, eir sport & TG4)

Round 11 – Saturday, 22nd December – 7.45pm

Leinster Rugby v Connacht Rugby, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport and Premier Sport)

Round 12 – Saturday, 29th December – 5.15pm

Munster Rugby v Leinster Rugby, Thomond Park (Live on eir sport & Premier Sport)

Round 13 – Saturday, 5th January – 5.15pm

Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport & Premier Sport)

Round 14 – Friday, 25th January – 7.35pm

Leinster Rugby v Scarlets, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport, TG4 & Premier Sports)

Round 15 – Saturday, 16th February – 4pm

Zebre v Leinster Rugby, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (Live on Free Sports and eir sport)

Round 16 – Friday, 22nd February – 7.55pm

Leinster Rugby v Southern Kings, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport, Super Sport & Premier Sports)

Round 17 – Friday, 1st March – 7.35pm

Leinster Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, RDS Arena (Live on eir sport, SuperSport & Premier Sports)

Round 18 – March 22/23/24

Edinburgh Rugby v Leinster Rugby

Round 19 – April 5/6/7

Leinster Rugby v Benetton Rugby

Round 20 – April 12/13/14

Leinster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors

Round 21 – April 26/27/28

Ulster Rugby v Leinster Rugby

Champions Cup 

Friday, 12th October

Leinster v Wasps, RDS Arena (KO 7.45pm, BT Sport)

Sunday, 21st October

Toulouse v Leinster, Stade Ernest Wallon (KO 4.15pm, BT Sport)

Saturday, 8th December

Bath v Leinster, The Recreation Ground (KO 3.15pm, BT Sport)

Saturday, 15th December

Leinster v Bath, Aviva Stadium (KO 5.30pm, BT Sport)

Saturday, 12th January

Leinster v Toulouse, RDS Arena (KO 1pm, TV3/Channel 4/BT Sport)

Sunday, 20th January

Wasps v Leinster, Ricoh Arena (KO 3.15pm, BT Sport)

Squad News 

Leinster have brought in a lot of academy players, while they have done a bit of moving players to rival provinces. Jordi Murphy has headed North to join Ulster in a move which will see him get more game time for sure and in turn come into contention with a spot for Ireland, Joey Carbery has moved to Leinster, while players like Nacewa and Strauss have tired. Cathal Marsh and Peadar Timmins were released by the club.

Preview 

Leinster had a massive season last year winning the PRO 14 and Champions Cup titles. Leo Cullen’s men held off Racing in the final, before going on to beat the Scarlets 40-32 in a superb game at the Aviva Stadium. With several Ireland players in their ranks they will not be to far away from challenging for both again.

Season Prediction 

I expect Leinster to reach the semi-finals in both competitions at the very least. Their aim will obviously to retain the trophies they won but that is very difficult to do. I can see them putting in another solid year though and with a bit of luck they might win the two tournaments again.

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