Watching Leinster from Ballsbridge

There will be an exodus of Leinster fans to Bilbao this weekend as the province seeks a return to the pinnacle of European rugby.

Those who cannot travel and have been unable to secure a ticket will have the option of watching on BT Sport as part of the eir Sport pack but a special fundraiser for Spinal Injuries will provide a social option in the company of some rugby greats.

Risteard Cooper of Après Match fame will be joined by rugby legends Brent Pope, Gordon Darcy and Paul Wallace in hosting for a big screen showing of the match at the Ballsbridge Hotel with all proceeds going to Spinal Injuries Ireland.

Before and after match analysis will be provided by the four wise men and there will be a drinks reception, a three course lunch and complimentary wine included in the ticket price.

Cooper decided to organise the event as he is currently in training to complete the 700km Paris2Nice cycle in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland in September.

“We are inviting rugby fans all around Leinster to come out and support the boys in blue at our live European Champions Cup Final lunch on May 12th,” Cooper told Sport for Business.

“It will be a fantastic day and we promise top-notch analysis from some of the most insightful pundits in the game with plenty of craic along the way.”

“Most importantly, this event is in support of Spinal Injuries Ireland who carry out fantastic work supporting their clients and families who have gone through the trauma of sustaining a spinal cord injury.”

“Spinal Injuries Ireland has to raise 61% of our funding each year and with the incidence of spinal cord injuries on the increase, with 3 new spinal cord injured people each week, we need increased funding to continue to provide our vital and important services,” added Fiona Bolger, CEO at Spinal Injuries Ireland.

“We very much appreciate Risteard Cooper’s support in helping us to achieve our aim.”

Tickets for the European Rugby Champions Cup Final lunch at the Ballsbridge Hotel on Saturday, May 12th are on sale now at

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