It is easier and seductive to always focus on the biggest challenge in front of you but success brings the challenge of handling many different ones at the same time.
Leinster Rugby have their biggest game in years in Bilbao tomorrow when they go toe to toe with Racing 92 in search of a first European Champions’ Cup for them and for Ireland in six years.
But seven days later they will face Munster in the semi-final of the Guinness PRO 14 and demand for tickets has been so great that they are building an additional 630 temporary seats at the RDS to accommodate the crowd.
And three hours before the game start in Spain they will also line out, with the Leinster A team in the final of the British and Irish Cup against Ealing Trailfinders in London. Sponsors Bank of Ireland have always stressed that their partnership with the sport and the club is #FromTheGroundUp and they have stepped in to support the live streaming of this game on Leinster’s Facebook page.
It will be the last game ever played in this competition and Leinster have won it twice before. Munster won it last year and according to reports in Wales the competition will be replaced next year by a new one that will still feature Irish, Welsh and Scottish clubs but no longer those from England.
The Leinster team is coached by Ireland U20 manager Noel McNamara and will feature a number of players who have lined out for the senior team in this season of seasons.
“The timing of this game is hugely unfortunate coming as it does on the same day as the Champion Cup Final in Bilbao and we know how disappointed a lot of supporters and indeed family members are to be missing the game,” said Gemma Bell, Sponsorship Manager with Bank of Ireland.
“We are very proud of our association with Leinster Rugby in Bank of Ireland and that support extends beyond the senior team. We felt there was an opportunity to do the next best thing in this instance and that’s to show the Final. It’s a fantastic achievement to get there and we are delighted to be able to bring the occasion to as many people as possible.”
“Everyone in Bank of Ireland wishes Noel and Bryan the very best of luck on Saturday and hopefully they can kick-start a special day for the club.”
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