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Leinster Rugby will attempt to become only the fifth side to win the Heineken Cup and their own domestic league in the same season when they host Ospreys on Sunday.

The last side to do that was London Wasps back in 2004 and victory for Leinster would mean that they join the pantheon of great European outfits including Leicester and Toulouse who have achieved that feat.

The Irish side have won the league twice before: in 2002 and ’08 and have reached a third league final in a row.  They lost to Sunday’s opponents Ospreys in the 2010 final and of course, to Munster last year in Limerick.

Ospreys are aiming for what would be a record fourth league title, having lifted the trophy in 2005, ’07 and ’10 in the final against against Leinster.  Leinster’s only defeat this season in any competition was a 22-23 loss to Ospreys at the RDS in March.

The Welsh side have won their last six games in a row and have lost just once to an Irish province this season, that the 15-14 loss to Ulster at Ravenhill in February.  It’ll take a super human effort from Steve Tandy’s men to overcome the Leinster juggernaut at their D4ortress and in front of a full house comprised almost exclusively of Blue kitted supporters.

History does appear to be on the side of the visitors however, who have beaten Leinster four of their last five meetings, with Leinster not having beaten the Welsh side since January 2011.  Sunday will be a very different occasion however – a unique occasion in fact – and anything other than a home win would be a major shock.

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Saturday 26th May 2012

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