Continuity is as the heart of sporting success and it was celebrated in a number of ways last night as Leinster Rugby and Bank of Ireland held their annual Gala Dinner as a celebration of the 2009 winning of the Heineken Cup.
Players and management from the time were back in Dublin to mark the occasion.
It was the start of something special. Ulster and Munster had won the tournament previously but this was the first time that Leinster had made it to the final. The game took place at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in front of a crowd of some 66,000 fans.
It was to kick start three wins over the next four years and served as a calling card to Leinster’s arrival as one of the top teams not only in Ireland but in World Rugby.
The continuity was there as well in the sponsorship from Bank of Ireland. As you can see from the video below the presence of the brand on the shirt was replicated through the stands in the same way as it was at the weekend, back in Scotland for the winning of the Guinness PRO14.
Rob Kearney added to the sense of memory and celebration by agreeing on a one-year extension to his Leinster contract this week, and while the attention now switches in the general public mind to matters in Japan in the Autumn, last night was an indication of the powerful bond that exists at provincial level between players, management, fans, and supporters.
The Final! 🏆👇
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) May 28, 2019