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FINAL FOUR

LEINSTER VS VODACOM BULLS

CONTENTS

CEO

Martin Anayi

Tournament Director

David Jordan

Chief Operating Officer

Charl Crous

Chief Marketing Officer

Tom Lister

Head of Operations

Amy Monaghan

Head of Broadcaster &

Communications

Adam Redmond

Head of Brand Marketing &

Content

Mark Shields

Head of Growth Marketing &

Technology

Aadil Muhktar

Head of Financial Transformation

Marc McGlade

Head of Commercial

David Evans

Head of Data Insights

Rob Balmer

Head of Sponsorship

Kelly Cooke

Head of Match Officials

Tappe Henning

Head of HR

Joan McGrath

Broadcast Product Manager

Chris Blake

PR & Communications Manager

Shelly Samuel

Finance Manager

Carla McCallion

Partnership Activation Manager

Sarah Mundy

Financial Controller

Carol Shirran

Executive Administrator

Roisin Carroll

Finance Executive

Joanne Lawlor

Communications Executive

Aoife Rigney

Data Insights Executive

Georgie Liddle

Operations Executive

Ruth-Anne O’Brien

Partnership Sales Executive

Christina Mahon

04 20

24 32

URC WELCOME FROM

MATCHDAY SQUADS

04 CEO MARTIN ANAYI 30

LEINSTER STATISTICS

VODACOM BULLS

06 32 WARRIORS SQUAD

VODACOM BULLS

08 STATISTICS

LEINSTER STATMASTER

10

MATCH PREVIEW

JORDAN LAMOUR

16 40

URC AWARDS

VODACOM BULLS

20 46 STATMASTER

24 48

LEINSTER SQUAD URC PLAY-OFF

RECORDS

URC Final Four Editors: Aoife Rigney & Shelly Samuel

Photos: INPHO | Art Editor: Paul West

36

URC AWARDS

38

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MARTIN ANAYI

WELCOME

After the turbulence of the past couple of

seasons, it is heart-warming to see fans

attending our Play-Offs last weekend in

person for the first time since 2019.

A

fter following up

the regular season

with a thrilling and

entertaining Final Eight

weekend, we look now

to the Final Four and seeing an even

split in representation between the

North and South is a major marker

for the success of the United Rugby

Championship’s debut season.

With games taking place in Dublin

and Cape Town, the headline acts

involved are driving a real buzz in

terms of anticipation. In Ireland we

have Leinster with their imperious

reputation going toe-to-toe with

the Vodacom Bulls who are one of

the standard bearers in southernhemisphere

rugby coached by

World Cup winner Jake White.

Then in South Africa, we have

Ulster – the only team to beat

Leinster twice this season –

travelling to face the DHL Stormers

who play rugby with the accelerator

firmly on the floor.

The presence of three South

African teams in the Final Eight

was a validation of their entry to

the URC. The Vodacom Bulls,

Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers

have made a strong impression on

fans in the north and along with

Emirates Lions their place in the

URC has driven levels of interest

that we have never seen before.

By the end of April we had

broken the 20-million barrier for

our broadcast audience this season

which smashed our previous best

of 13 million. Working with Free-to-

Air broadcasters such as TG4, RTÉ,

S4C, BBC Wales, BBC Northern

Ireland and Mediaset has opened

up more access to watch and that

combines brilliantly with Premier

Sports and SuperSport who do

such a terrific job at showing all 151

games live.


WE HAVE NEVER

SEEN LEVELS OF

INTEREST LIKE

THIS BEFORE”

With fans returning to stadiums

we are also seeing attendances

trend upwards and 93,000 came

through the gates in R18 a few

weeks ago which was our highest

total for a round this season. The

attendances in South Africa of over

20,000 in Pretoria and Cape Town

were also really encouraging for

everyone involved.

Of course, all of this is driven by

the rugby we see on the pitch and

that entertainment is driven by the

sharp minds of our coaches and

the incredible skill and athleticism

of the players. The clash of playing

styles has reinvigorated the league

and whether it is a trip south to play

at altitude and high temperatures

or a northern tour that requires the

know-how to combat the colder

locations, we know our clubs are

relishing the new challenges of

playing in new environments.

Away from the pitch, the team at

the United Rugby Championship

has been expanding as we strive to

drive this competition to greater

heights so that we can support all

of our teams in their ambitions. The

positive reaction to our new name

and brand has been rewarding, and

behind it all there are core values

and a clear strategy in place to help

us achieve our goals so that every

week you can watch your team play

in an outstanding league.

We hope that you enjoy today’s

game and whether it ends as the

final fixture of the season or the

gateway to the URC Grand Final be

sure that your support for our sport

does not go unnoticed in a world

much changed since the last time

we had fans at our Play-Offs.

Enjoy the game,

Martin Anayi

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LEAGUE TABLE STATISTICS

LEINSTER

TOTAL POINTS WINS LOSSES DRAWS

67 13 5 0

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

546 276

TRIES SCORED

TRIES CONCEDED

73 31

BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

BIGGEST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

61-17 20-10

v Benetton, Mar 5 v Ulster, Nov 27

MOST POINTS SCORED THIS SEASON MOST POINTS CONCEDED THIS SEASON

61 29

v Benetton, Mar 5 v Cardiff, Jan 29

TRY SCORING

BONUS POINTS

11 4

LOSING

BONUS POINTS

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LEAGUE TABLE STATISTICS

VODACOM BULLS

TOTAL POINTS WINS LOSSES DRAWS

58 11 7 0

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

518 388

TRIES SCORED

TRIES CONCEDED

67 42

BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

BIGGEST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

57-12 31-3

v Scarlets, Mar 18 v Leinster, Sep 25

MOST POINTS SCORED THIS SEASON MOST POINTS CONCEDED THIS SEASON

57 34

v Scarlets, Mar 18 v Connacht, Oct 1

TRY SCORING

BONUS POINTS

10 4

LOSING

BONUS POINTS

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FINAL FOUR

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PLAYER STATISTICS 2021/22

LEINSTER

TOP 3 OFFLOADS

SCOTT PENNY JAMES LOWE TOMMY O’BRIEN

12 9 9

JIMMY O’BRIEN

590

METRES GAINED

TOP 8 TURNOVERS WON

TOMMY O’BRIEN 6

JAMES TRACY 6

ROSS MOLONY 5

ROSS BYRNE 5

SCOTT PENNY 5

CIARAN FRAWLEY 5

CAELAN DORIS 5

JOSH VAN DER FLIER 5

142

MAX

DEEGAN

122

SCOTT

PENNY

118

RHYS

RUDDUCK

90

JIMMY

O’BRIEN

90

ROSS

MOLONY

TOTAL

CARRIES

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TOP 5 CLEAN BREAKS

JORDAN

LARMOUR

TOMMY

O’BRIEN

JIMMY

O’BRIEN

RORY

O’LOUGHLIN

LUKE

McGRATH

11 10 9 7 7

160

TOTAL

TACKLES

SCOTT PENNY

100

TOTAL

80

60

40

84

KICKS

IN PLAY

59 49 39 32

Luke

McGrath

744

20

0

ROSS

BYRNE

LUKE

McGRATH

JAMIE

OSBOURNE

HARRY

BYRNE

JAMES

LOWE

TOTAL

PASSES

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VS.

A MOMENT IN TIME

Isa Nacewa glides away from the Ulster

defence in May 2016 as Leinster swept past

Ulster to reach the PRO12 Final.

Credit: inpho.ie

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MATCH PREVIEW

LEINSTER VS VODACOM BULLS

L

einster will be looking

for a repeat of their

Round 1 victory over

the Vodacom Bulls

when the sides meet in

the Final Four on Friday night.

Leo Cullen’s side kicked off their

campaign with a 31-3 triumph over

the Pretoria outfit at the Aviva

THE BREAKDOWN

LEINSTER HAVE ONLY

SUFFERED ONE DEFEAT

AT THE RDS ARENA

THIS SEASON IN ANY

COMPETITION, BEATEN 20-10

BY ULSTER IN NOVEMBER.

Stadium and went on to top the

overall standings at the end of

the regular season, with the Bulls

finishing fourth.

The prize for Leinster would be

a home Grand Final against either

the DHL Stormers or Ulster while

a Bulls win would see Jake White’s

side travel to the winner of the other

semi-final.

The Bulls, meanwhile, have lost

just one of their last 10 matches

in the URC – a 19-17 defeat at the

DHL Stormers in April.

Leinster were already the

top try scorers in the URC but

supercharged their total by

running in 12 tries against Glasgow

Warriors in the Final Eight, taking

them to 85 for the season.

They face the second-

highest try scorers, with the

Vodacom Bulls having racked up

70 for the campaign.

The Bulls possess some of

the stand-out individual

performers of the

season, with Kurt-Lee

Arendse (pictured

right) leading the

way for clean breaks

(23) and metres

gained (991), Johan

Grobbelaar topping

the charts for lineouts

won (169) and

Marcell Coetzee

out in front for

offloads (37).

Robbie Henshaw and Jack

Conan return to Leinster’s starting

XV while Johnny Sexton is included

on the bench.

The Bulls have named an

unchanged XV from their Final

Eight victory over the Cell C Sharks,

although Bismarck du Plessis and

WJ Steenkamp are new additions to

the bench.

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JORDAN

LARMOUR

“It’s a massive challenge for us, the

physicality they bring up front and then the

poach threats they have across the park, so

I imagine they’re going to go pretty hard at

the breakdown.

“They’re going to try to go through the guts

of us with their forwards and get over the gain

line, so for us it’s focusing on the small things

and doing the simple things well.

“Matching them at the gain line, looking after

our ruck ball so we can play quickly - all those

little things will make the difference.

“The talent they have across their players is

immense, so it’s going to be a tough challenge

for us but one we’re excited about and looking

forward to.”

JAKE

WHITE

Leinster is a phenomenal side that

is very well-coached and is full of

international players.

“You look at their bench and they have

players who have more caps for the club

than the entire Vodacom Bulls team

combined.


WE ARE DEFINITELY UP

AGAINST A QUALITY SIDE”

“So, we are definitely up against a quality

side and it will be a great challenge at the

RDS Arena.”

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BECAUSE YOU GET

YOU ARE WHAT YOU R EAD

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LEOLIN ZAS & RUAN NORTJE

PICK UP TOP TRY SCORER &

IRONMAN AWARD

HL Stormers wing

Leolin Zas scored 11

tries over the course

D

of the regular season

to end the campaign

at the top of the charts while

Vodacom Bulls second-row Ruan

Nortje takes home an award which

recognises the player who has

racked up the most minutes over

the 18 rounds of the URC.

They are the first South African

winners to be announced as part of the

end-of-season awards, with Ulster’s

Alan O’Connor (Tackle Machine) and

Ospreys pair Jac Morgan (Turnover

King) and Gareth Anscombe (Gilbert

Golden Boot) having scooped the

three accolades already handed out.

The Dream Team and the Next-

Gen Star of the Season will be

announced later this week while

Vodacom Fans’ Player of the

Season, the Loch Lomond Coach

of the Season and Players’ Player

of the Season will be crowned in the

build-up to the Grand Final.

Here, we take a closer look at the

Top Try Scorer and Ironman award

winners and the performances

that led to their prizes, which were

awarded using URC StatMaster data

provided by Oval Insights.

TOP TRY SCORER:

LEOLIN ZAS (DHL

STORMERS) - 11 TRIES

“It is incredible to think that

I finished the regular season

as the Top Try Scorer in the

competition. A lot of those

tries are down to the hard

work of my teammates

creating the opportunities for

me to finish. I am grateful to

them, the management, my

family and our fans for the

amazing support I have got

this season.”

Leolin Zas held on to his

position at the top of the URC

try-scoring charts in the face

of some late competition from

Benetton’s Rhyno Smith.

Smith claimed seven tries in

his last three appearances to

pull level with Zas on 10 at the

TOP TRY SCORER

LEOLIN ZAS

(DHL STORMERS)

11 TRIES

summit.

However, Zas – who scored

at least one try in each of his

first six URC outings – grabbed

the DHL Stormers’ first try in

their Round 18 victory over the

Scarlets to nudge back in front

and claim the prize.

Marcell Coetzee (Vodacom

Bulls) and Seabelo Senatla

(DHL Stormers)

finished joint

third on nine,

with Edwill van

der Merwe

(Emirates

Lions), Johan

Grobbelaar

(Vodacom

Bulls) and

Johnny

McNicholl

(Scarlets)

another try

further back.

20


IRONMAN

RUAN NORTJE

(VODACOM BULLS) - 1,394 MINUTES

IRONMAN: RUAN NORTJE

(VODACOM BULLS)

- 1,394 MINUTES

“I am humbled and honoured

to receive the United Rugby

Championship Ironman Award

for the 2021/22 season. To

receive this recognition in a

world-class competition with

some of the most respected

players is definitely something

that will remain a highlight in my

playing career for many years

to come. I am grateful to the

Vodacom Bulls, our director of

rugby, Jake White, the coaching

staff, my teammates and the

supporters of the franchise

for the faith and support they

have all given and had in me.

To be able to put on the blue

jersey and play for the badge in

such a premier championship

is something I do not take

lightly. I look forward to many

more memories and matches

in the URC”

The award for having played the

most minutes in the URC this

season goes to Vodacom Bulls

lock Ruan Nortje.

The 23-year-old racked up

1,394 minutes on the field of play

and was one of only 14 players

to feature in all 18 of their team’s

matches.

Nortje scored one try as the

Vodacom Bulls achieved a fourthplace

finish in the regular season

and was second to Glasgow

Warriors’ Richie Gray for line-out

steals (9).

The Vodacom Bulls dominated

the top five when it came to

minutes played, with Marcell

Coetzee (1,296) third and Madosh

Tambwe (1,295) fourth.

DHL Stormers centre Ruhan Nel

(1,339) was second while Cape

Town colleague Manie Libbok

(1,264) was fifth.

URC AWARD WINNERS LIST 2021-22

TACKLE MACHINE: ALAN O’CONNOR (ULSTER) | TURNOVER KING: JAC MORGAN (OSPREYS) | IRONMAN: RUAN NORTJE (VODACOM BULLS)

GILBERT GOLDEN BOOT: GARETH ANSCOMBE (OSPREYS) | TOP TRY SCORER: LEOLIN ZAS (DHL STORMERS)

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Ulster lock Alan O’Connor and

Ospreys back-row Jac Morgan

have scooped the Tackle

Machine and Turnover King prizes

respectively, kicking off three

weeks of announcements in the

build-up to the URC Grand Final.

Wednesday will see the winner of

the Gilbert Golden Boot crowned

before the Top Try Scorer and

Ironman to follow next week, along

with the Vodacom Fans’ Player of

the Season, Next-Gen Star of the

Season and the Dream Team.

Loch Lomond Coach of the

Season and Players’ Player of the

Season will be announced in the

week of the final.

Here, we take a closer look at

the first two award winners and

the performances that led to their

prizes, which were awarded using

URC StatMaster data provided by

Oval Insights.

MACHINE&

TACKLE

ALAN O’CONNOR (ULSTER)

TACKLE MACHINE: ALAN

O’CONNOR (ULSTER) - 195

TACKLES, 97.5% SUCCESS RATE

“I am proud to have won the

2021/22 URC Tackle Machine

award. It’s been a great

season, and the team and I

are really looking forward to

this weekend’s Quarter Final

against Munster. It’s going to be

a brilliant atmosphere on Friday

night at Kingspan Stadium.”

This award is given to the player

who boasts the best tackle

success rate among those who

have attempted 150 or more over

the course of the campaign.

Alan O’Connor takes home the

prize having made 195 tackles at a

success rate of 97.5%.

The lock’s figure saw him finish

ahead of the Ospreys’ Will Griffiths

(96.17%),, Connacht’s Jarrad Butler

(95.29%) and the Dragons’ Ollie

Griffiths (94.92%) while Ulster

team-mate Nick Timoney – the

man who has made the most

tackles in the URC this season

(247) - rounded off the top five

with a rate of 94.64%.

22


JAC MORGAN (OSPREYS)

TURNOVER

KING

TURNOVER KING: JAC

MORGAN (OSPREYS) -

24 TURNOVERS WON

“Delighted to win this award

this season after just missing

out last year. It’s been a great

first season at the Ospreys and

hopefully we can all push on

next year as a team and put our

best foot forward”

Awarded to the player who has

won the most turnovers during

the regular season, Morgan

edged his rivals to scoop the prize

for 2021-22.

The Ospreys flanker racked

up 24 for the campaign as the

Swansea-based region finished

top of the Welsh Shield.

He was pushed all the way

by Deon Fourie of the DHL

Stormers, who finished on 23,

while Ulster’s Marcus Rea (19), the

Ospreys’ Morgan Morris (17) and

the Dragons’ Ollie Griffiths (16)

completed the top five.

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2021/22 SEASON

LEINSTER

SQUAD

VAKH ABDALADZE #1263

MICHAEL ALA’ALATOA #1301

7

CAPS

RYAN BAIRD #1278

8

CAPS

ADAM BYRNE #1213

1

CAP

PROP

DOB: 06/02/1996

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 121kg

PROP

DOB: 28/08/1991

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 127kg

LOCK

DOB: 26/07/1999

HEIGHT: 1.98m

WEIGHT: 113kg

WING / FULL BACK

DOB: 10/04/1994

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 98.18kg

ED BYRNE #1222

6

CAPS

HARRY BYRNE #1280

2

CAPS

ROSS BYRNE #1236

13

CAPS

THOMAS CLARKSON #1285

PROP

DOB: 09/09/1993

HEIGHT: 1.8m

WEIGHT: 114.09kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 22/04/1999

HEIGHT: 1.9m

WEIGHT: 95kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 08/04/1995

HEIGHT: 1.9m

WEIGHT: 92kg

PROP

DOB: 22/02/2000

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 118kg

24


JACK CONAN #1223 PETER DOOLEY #1230

NO. 8

DOB: 29/07/1992

HEIGHT: 1.93m

WEIGHT: 114.09kg

27

CAPS

7

CAPS

WILL CONNORS #1264

CAELAN DORIS #1268

BACK ROW

DOB: 04/04/1996

HEIGHT: 1.96m

WEIGHT: 100kg

9

CAPS

17

CAPS

SEAN CRONIN #1202

JACK DUNNE #1276

HOOKER

DOB: 06/05/1986

HEIGHT: 1.78m

WEIGHT: 103.18kg

72

CAPS

MAX DEEGAN #1256

CIARAN FRAWLEY #1265

NO. 8

DOB: 01/10/1996

HEIGHT: 1.93m

WEIGHT: 110kg

1

CAP

PROP

DOB: 04/08/1994

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 117kg

BACK ROW

DOB: 02/04/1998

HEIGHT: 1.93m

WEIGHT: 107kg

LOCK

DOB: 21/11/1998

HEIGHT: 2.03m

WEIGHT: 120kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 04/12/1997

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 98kg

TADHG FURLONG #1220

57

CAPS

13

CAPS

JAMISON GIBSON-PARK #1247

17

CAPS

DAVID HAWKSHAW #1290

CIAN HEALY #1142

116

CAPS

2

CAPS

PROP

DOB: 14/11/1992

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 125kg

SCRUM HALF

DOB: 23/02/1992

HEIGHT: 1.75m

WEIGHT: 80kg

FLY HALF / CENTRE

DOB: 03/07/1999

HEIGHT: 1.75m )

WEIGHT: 85.91kg

PROP

DOB: 07/10/1987

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 116.82kg

ROBBIE HENSHAW #1251

57

CAPS

DAVE KEARNEY #1158

19

CAPS

HUGO KEENAN #1253

20

CAPS

RONAN KELLEHER #1277

18

CAPS

9

CAPS

CENTRE

DOB: 12/06/1993

HEIGHT: 1.9m

WEIGHT: 99.09kg

WING / FULL BACK

DOB: 19/06/1989

HEIGHT: 1.8m

WEIGHT: 90kg

FULL BACK

DOB: 18/06/1996

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 91.82kg

HOOKER

DOB: 24/01/1998

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 105kg

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JORDAN LARMOUR #1258

30

CAPS

DAN LEAVY #1231

11

CAPS

WING

DOB: 10/06/1997

HEIGHT: 1.78m

WEIGHT: 90kg

FLANKER

DOB: 23/05/1994

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 105.91kg

JAMES LOWE #1262

12

CAPS

NICK MCCARTHY #1241

LUKE MCGRATH #1206

19

CAPS

MICHAEL MILNE #1279

WING / FULL BACK

DOB: 08/07/1992

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 105kg

SCRUM HALF

DOB: 25/03/1995

HEIGHT: 1.8m

WEIGHT: 84.09kg

SCRUM HALF

DOB: 03/02/1993

HEIGHT: 1.75m

WEIGHT: 84.09kg

PROP

DOB: 05/02/1999

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 115kg

JIMMY O’BRIEN #1272

CONOR O’BRIEN #1260

JOSH MURPHY #1261

ROSS MOLONY #1233

LOCK

DOB: 11/05/1994

HEIGHT: 1.96m

WEIGHT: 113kg

FLANKER

DOB: 17/02/1995

HEIGHT: 1.98m

WEIGHT: 110kg

CENTRE

DOB: 06/02/1996

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 100kg

CENTRE

DOB: 27/11/1996

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 88kg

TOMMY O’BRIEN #1283

RORY O’LOUGHLIN #1248

1

CAP

SCOTT PENNY #1271

ANDREW PORTER #1246

43

CAPS

CENTRE

DOB: 28/05/1998

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 95kg

CENTRE

DOB: 21/01/1994

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 94.09kg

FLANKER

DOB: 22/09/1999

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 104kg

PROP

DOB: 16/01/1996

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 114.09kg

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HERE’S TO BEING SHOULDER

TO SHOULDER AGAIN


FINAL FOUR

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GARRY RINGROSE #1237

42

CAPS

RHYS RUDDOCK #1167

27

CAPS

JAMES RYAN #1259

43

CAPS

JOHNNY SEXTON #1127

105

CAPS

14

CAPS

CENTRE

DOB: 26/01/1995

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 96kg

BACK ROW

DOB: 13/11/1990

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 113.18kg

LOCK

DOB: 24/07/1996

HEIGHT: 2.03m

WEIGHT: 115kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 11/07/1985

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 90kg

DAN SHEEHAN #1286

7

CAPS

DEVIN TONER #1128

70

CAPS

JAMES TRACY #1211

6

CAPS

JOSH VAN DER FLIER #1228

40

CAPS

HOOKER

DOB: 17/09/1998

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 110.91kg

LOCK

DOB: 29/06/1986

HEIGHT: 2.11m

WEIGHT: 127kg

HOOKER

DOB: 02/04/1991

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 106kg

FLANKER

DOB: 25/04/1993

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 103kg

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SUBS FROM:

MATCHDAY SQUAD

LEINSTER

15 JIMMY O’BRIEN

14 JORDAN LAMOUR

13 GARRY RINGROSE

12 ROBBIE HENSHAW

11 RORY O’LOUGHLIN

10 ROSS BYRNE

9 JAMISON GIBSON-PARK

SEÁN CRONIN, CIAN HEALY, MICHAEL ALA’ALATOA,

ROSS MOLONY, RYAN BAIRD, LUKE MCGRATH,

JOHNNY SEXTON, CIARÁN FRAWLEY

1 ANDREW PORTER

2 DAN SHEEHAN

3 TADHG FURLONG

4 JOE MCCARTHY

5 JAMES RYAN (C)

6 CAELAN DORIS

7 JOSH VAN DER FLIER

8 JACK CONAN

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

VODACOM BULLS

15 CANAN MOODIE

14 DAVID KRIEL

13 CORNAL HENDRICKS

12 HAROLD VORSTER

11 MADOSH TAMBWE

10 CHRIS SMITH

9 ZAK BURGER

1 GERHARD STEENEKAMP

2 JOHAN GROBBELAAR

3 MORNAY SMITH

4 WALT STEENKAMP

5 RUAN NORTJE

6 MARCELL COETZEE

7 ARNO BOTHA

8 ELRIGH LOUW

SUBS FROM:

BISMARCK DU PLESSIS, SIMPHIWE MATANZIMA,

ROBERT HUNT, JANKO SWANEPOEL, WJ STEENKAMP;

EMBROSE PAPIER, MORNE STEYN, KURT-LEE ARENDSE

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2021/22 SEASON

VODACOM

BULLS

MARCELL COETZEE

ZAK BURGER

ARNO BOTHA

KURT-LEE ARENDSE

UTILITY BACK

DOB: 7 JUNE 1996

HEIGHT: 1.80M

WEIGHT: 76KG

FLANK

DOB: 26 OCTOBER 1991

HEIGHT: 1.89M

WEIGHT: 108KG

SCRUMHALF

DOB: 20 AUGUST 1998

HEIGHT: 1.74M

WEIGHT: 83KG

FLANK

DOB: 8 MAY 1991

HEIGHT: 1.93M

WEIGHT: 116KG

ROBERT HUNT

CORNAL HENDRICKS

JOHAN GROBBELAAR

BISMARCK DU PLESSIS

HOOKER

DOB: 22 MAY 1984

HEIGHT: 1.89M

WEIGHT: 115KG

POSITION: HOOKER

HOOKER

DOB: 30 DECEMBER 1997

HEIGHT: 1.82

WEIGHT: 98KG

OUTSIDE CENTRE

DOB: 18 APRIL 1988

HEIGHT: 1.88M

WEIGHT: 95KG

TIGHTHEAD PROP

DOB: 16 AUGUST 1996

HEIGHT: 1.85M

WEIGHT: 122KG

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DAVID KRIEL RUAN NORTJE

WING

DOB: 15 FEBRUARY 1999

HEIGHT: 1.94M

WEIGHT: 94KG

ELRIGH LOUW

EMBROSE PAPIER

NO.8

DOB: 20 SEPT 1999

HEIGHT: 1.95M

WEIGHT: 112KG

SIMPHIWE MATANZIMA

CHRIS SMITH

LOOSEHEAD PROP

DOB: 18 AUGUST 1997

HEIGHT: 1.82M

WEIGHT: 115KG

CANAN MOODIE

MORNAY SMITH

FULLBACK

DOB: 5 NOVEMBER 2002

HEIGHT: 1.90M

WEIGHT: 90KG

LOCK

DOB: 25 JULY 1998

HEIGHT: 2.01M

WEIGHT: 113KG

SCRUMHALF

DOB: 25 APRIL 1997

HEIGHT: 1.71M

WEIGHT: 80KG

FLYHALF

DOB: 9 SEPTEMBER 1994

HEIGHT: 1.81M

WEIGHT: 86KG

TIGHTHEAD PROP

DOB: 30 JANUARY 1998

HEIGHT: 1.81M

WEIGHT: 110KG

MORNE STEYN

WJ STEENKAMP

WALT STEENKAMP

GERHARD STEENEKAMP

LOOSEHEAD PROP

DOB: 9 APRIL 1997

HEIGHT: 1.94M

WEIGHT: 128KG

LOCK

DOB: 21 JULY 1995

HEIGHT: 2.02M

WEIGHT: 121KG

LOOSE-FORWARD

DOB: 28 SEPT 2000

HEIGHT: 1.90M

WEIGHT: 106KG

FLYHALF

DOB: 11 JULY 1984

HEIGHT: 1.84M

WEIGHT: 91KG

HAROLD VORSTER

MADOSH TAMBWE

JANKO SWANEPOEL

LOCK

DOB: 8 SEPTEMBER 1999

HEIGHT: 2.01M

WEIGHT: 109KG

WING

DOB: 12 MAY 1997

HEIGHT: 1.86M

WEIGHT: 92KG

INSIDE CENTRE

DOB: 11 OCTOBER 1993

HEIGHT: 1.86M

WEIGHT: 94KG

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DHL STORMERS’ BACK-ROW

EVAN ROOS IS THE URC’S

NEXT-GEN STAR OF THE

SEASON FOR 2021-22

T

his award is open only

to players aged under

23 at the start of the

season and who have

earned no more than

five international caps at that point,

with a media panel voting for the

winner. Players are also required to

have made a minimum of nine URC

appearances to qualify.

Roos, 22, has had a stand-out

campaign for the Cape Town outfit,

proving himself a destructive ball

carrier with more successful carries

(126) and defenders beaten (49) than

any other player in the competition

over the 18 rounds.


IT IS A HUGE

HONOUR TO GET

THIS AWARD, I AM

SO GRATEFUL TO

EVERYONE WHO

HAS SUPPORTED

ME THIS SEASON”

Roos said: “It is a huge honour to

get this award, I am so grateful to

everyone who has supported me

this season. My family is a great

source of strength and pride for me

and everyone involved in the DHL

Stormers set-up has been amazing

as well. I am so proud to play for

this team and our incredible fans

every week.”

His performances this term have

seen growing calls for him to be

given a chance to shine in the

Springbok jersey.

He was overlooked for the first of

two South Africa alignment camps

in April but made himself impossible

to ignore with his subsequent

displays and was called up for the

second last month ahead of the

coming home Tests against Wales.

Following a Round 16 win against

Glasgow Warriors in which Roos

made a match-leading 10 successful

carries, beat five defenders and

scored a late try, South Africa

director of rugby Rassie

Erasmus tweeted: “Well

done Evan Roos,

that’s how you react

to disappointment

and make sure

you can’t be

ignored!”

It seems

certain Test

honours will

soon follow

for Roos,

who carried

his regularseason

form into the

play-offs by

putting in a URC

Man of the Match

performance against

Edinburgh Rugby in the

Final Eight.

Roos was earlier this week

named in the URC Dream

Team along with four of his

DHL Stormers colleagues.

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THE URC

DREAM TEAM

HAS BEEN NAMED

SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYERS

DOMINATE THE UNITED RUGBY

CHAMPIONSHIP DREAM TEAM

FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON.

Following the addition of the

Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions,

Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers

to the competition for the

inaugural URC campaign, South

African franchises account for 10

members of a 15-man selection

determined by a media vote.

The DHL Stormers are the bestrepresented

side with five players

making the cut. URC Top Try

Scorer Leolin Zas is among four

backs from the Cape Town outfit

included.

The Vodacom Bulls contribute

three players, including Ironman

Ruan Nortje, and the Cell C

Sharks with two.

Ulster duo Nick Timoney and

James Hume, Leinster fly-half

Ross Byrne and Munster scrumhalf

Craig Casey and second row

Jean Kleyn make up the non-

South African contingent.

Players had to have made a

minimum of nine appearances

to be considered, with the media

panel given a shortlist of 10

players per position, provided by

URC StatMaster. The player with

the most votes in each position

earned a place in the team.

URC DREAM TEAM

1. OX NCHE (CELL C SHARKS)

2. JOHAN GROBBELAAR (VODACOM BULLS)

3. THOMAS DU TOIT (CELL C SHARKS)

4. JEAN KLEYN (MUNSTER)

5. RUAN NORTJE (VODACOM BULLS)

6. MARCELL COETZEE (VODACOM BULLS)

7. NICK TIMONEY (ULSTER)

8. EVAN ROOS (DHL STORMERS)

9. CRAIG CASEY (MUNSTER)

10. ROSS BYRNE (LEINSTER)

11. LEOLIN ZAS (DHL STORMERS)

12. DAMIAN WILLEMSE (DHL STORMERS)

13. JAMES HUME (ULSTER)

14. SEABELO SENATLA (DHL STORMERS)

15. WARRICK GELANT (DHL STORMERS)

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URC NEWS

MORE FANS WATCHING THE

URC THAN EVER BEFORE

More fans are watching the United Rugby Championship than ever

before the world’s most diverse and exciting club rugby competition

continues to set new records for broadcast audiences.

B

y the end of the Round

12 fixtures the URC

broke the league’s

previous benchmark of

12.9million viewers with

13.2million tuning in and now by the

end of April that figure has climbed

dramatically to over 20.1million!

The consolidated audience data

(supplied by Nielsen Sports)

suggests that the audiences will

strengthen even further by the

end of the campaign with Rounds

17, 18 and the Play-Offs still to be

accounted for.

The URC averages well over 1

million viewers per round and is

supported by the wide array of

broadcast partnerships across

the league’s core territories. With

a mix of Free-to-Air and Pay TV

broadcasters, the URC is available

on BBC Northern Ireland, BBC

Wales, RTÉ, TG4, Mediaset,

Premier Sports and SuperSport

who have driven up the audience

numbers thanks to the high levels

of coverage and their commitment

to showcasing the crosshemisphere

competition.

Martin Anayi , CEO of the United

Rugby Championship, said:

“These broadcast audiences

provide a terrific pulse check for the

United Rugby Championship. More

eyeballs on our games translates into

increased talkability of the league

which is really evident across social

media where we are exceeding all of

our growth ambitions.

“Ultimately, the excitement on the

pitch coupled to the intrigue of the

big four South African teams joining

the league has provided a great

draw but it’s been a real collaborative

effort from our broadcast partners

and the league to maximise that

interest. Internally, we have invested

in personnel and resources to drive

up the look and feel of our TV

product and we are really excited

about how our broadcast partners

have bought into that vision.

“We know fans in the UK and

Ireland were excited about their

teams being back on RTÉ and BBC

and in tandem with TG4 and S4C

they are offering more Free-to-Air

coverage. Premier Sport, without

whom we would not have been able

to adopt the ‘every game live’ model,

have seen their viewership increase

and in South Africa SuperSport are

setting a high bar in showcasing the

URC to one of the biggest markets

in our league.

“What’s just as encouraging is

that in Italy, thanks to Mediaset’s

coverage, where we have hit 1 million

viewers for the first time ever. When

you combine all of this then you can

see really strong foundations for

the URC to build from and continue

to grow the interest in our sport

ahead of what appears to be an

unpredictable end to the season.”

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JORDAN

LARMOUR

Jordan Larmour has drawn comparisons between the Vodacom Bulls and La

Rochelle ahead of Leinster’s Final Four clash with the Pretoria outfit in Dublin.

L

einster suffered an

agonising 24-21 defeat

to La Rochelle in the

Heineken Champions

Cup final in Marseille

a fortnight ago but bounced back

with a record-breaking 76-14 victory

over Glasgow Warriors to book

their place in the United Rugby

Championship semi-finals.

The Bulls visit the RDS Arena on

Friday night with a place in the

Grand Final at stake, and Larmour

believes lessons learned from their

Stade Velodrome defeat will be

particularly useful against the Bulls,

who clinched their progress with a

last-gasp Chris Smith drop-goal in

a 30-27 win over the Cell C Sharks.

“We can take a lot of learnings from

that La Rochelle game and bring

them into this game,” said Larmour.

“They are similar enough teams

with the big ball carriers they have

and the big poach threats they have,

but doing the simple things well is

really important.

“I think in the big games it always

comes back to doing the simple

things really well.

“There’s obviously going to be big

moments in the game and I think it’s

important that you have to win those

big moments. You don’t necessarily

have to win every single moment in

the big games, you just have to win a

few very important ones.

“The simplicity of it - that’s what

it comes back to. Everyone doing

their own job and ultimately the team

performance will go from there.”

Larmour scored two of Leinster’s

12 tries in their victory over Glasgow

and was named Player of the Match

as he ends a campaign interrupted

by injuries strongly.

“It’s been tough,” he admitted.

“Start of the season I had a few

injuries, got a run of games and then

picked up another injury, so it’s been

a stop-start season for me.


I JUST WANT

TO BE OUT THERE

PLAYING WITH

ALL THE LADS, SO

THAT’S WHAT’S

MOST IMPORTANT

TO ME”

“I’ve just been trying to train well

and bring that into games.

“It’s tough, especially at the top

end. Everyone wants to put up their

hand and everyone wants to be

playing in those big games, so it is a

lot of competition but I think that’s

important for self-growth as well.”

Larmour started on the wing against

Glasgow having featured at full-back

against Munster in Round 18.

Asked how much input he has into

where he is best utilised, Larmour

commented: “Leo (Cullen) will come

to you at the start of the week and

tell you where you’re playing, so that’s

really how the conversation goes.

“But I’m happy to play anywhere.

I just want to be out there playing

with all the lads, so that’s what’s

most important to me.”

Knowing that his side were on

a potential collision course with

Leinster, Bulls boss Jake White was

an interested spectator of their

defeat to La Rochelle.

“The only thing I learned from that

is two things,” explained the former

Springboks coach.

“One is that Leinster are beatable,

which is a confidence for us.

“And secondly, don’t let them start

well. Starting well is what they want

to do and then you have to play

catch-up and sometimes you don’t

get to catch up when you play a

good team like that.

Leinster have been the one team

that scores the most points in the

first 20 minutes against everybody.

“I think through circumstance and

through one or two errors of Leinster,

La Rochelle got to hold them to a

reasonable score at half-time.

There were three or four

opportunities where Leinster

were coming at a hell of a speed

towards the line. I think if they’d

scored them like they do to most

people they’d go 21-0 up and it

becomes very difficult to win.”

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WELCOME

SOUTH AFIRCA

Leagues welcome inclusion of South African clubs in EPCR tournaments

ollowing confirmation

of the inclusion of

clubs from South

Africa in the Heineken

Champions Cup and

EPCR Challenge Cup for the

2022/23 season and beyond,

Europe’s three main professional

leagues have expressed their

approval of the historic expansion

of EPCR’s tournaments.

The Cape Town-based Stormers,

the Bulls from Pretoria and

the Durban-based Sharks will

compete in next season’s Heineken

Champions Cup, while the Lions

from Johannesburg will fly the

flag for South Africa in the EPCR

Challenge Cup.

In addition to the four

qualifiers from the United Rugby

Championship, the Bloemfontein-

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F

based Cheetahs have been invited

to participate in the 2022/23 EPCR

Challenge Cup.

Commenting on the major

development for the club game

in both the northern and southern

hemispheres, United Rugby

Championship Chief Executive and

EPCR Board member, Martin Anayi,

said: “The entry of the South African

“It Is

mouthwaterIng

to see the

stormers, bulls

and sharKs all

InVolVed In our

plaY-offs

clubs to the URC has revitalised our

league, created new rivalries and

driven up the levels of competition.

“It is mouthwatering to see

the Stormers, Bulls and Sharks

all involved in our Play-Offs and

their presence is making a major

impact on broadcast audiences

and fan engagement. Adding

the opportunity for these clubs,

as well as for the Cheetahs, to

compete in EPCR’s competitions

will only strengthen what are two

of the world’s elite club rugby

competitions.”

Premiership Rugby Chief

Executive and EPCR Board

member, Simon Massie-Taylor,

added: “It is very exciting to have

these five South African clubs

joining EPCR’s tournaments. Their

inclusion will take the competitions

to a new level of intensity for the


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players and enjoyment for the fans.

“Our Premiership clubs are looking

forward to playing against some of

the best the southern hemisphere

has to offer and matching up

against players from South Africa’s

Rugby World Cup 2019 winning side.

“It is a big step forward in

expanding the reach of these

unique and special tournaments,

and bringing world-class,

international club rugby to new

audiences.”

League Nationale de Rugby

Director General and EPCR Board

member, Emmanuel Eschalier, said:

“The arrival next season of the four

South African clubs competing in

the URC, as well as the Cheetahs,

is a major development for EPCR’s

competitions.

“The participation of these

high-level clubs will strengthen the

appeal and sporting intensity of

the Heineken Champions Cup and

the EPCR Challenge Cup with the

potential for further development of

these great competitions.”

“It is a big

step forward

in expanding

the reach of

these unique

and special

tournaments

The South African clubs in the

Heineken Champions Cup will be

in the mix against newly-crowned

winners, Stade Rochelais, who

lifted the trophy for the first time

in dramatic style in Marseille last

weekend, as well as Lyon who also

claimed a historic first European title

when they won the EPCR Challenge

Cup final.

EPCR welcomed over 110,000

fans to the Stade Vélodrome over

the course of the two finals with

a record EPCR Challenge Cup

attendance of 51,431 witnessing

Lyon’s victory over RC Toulon, while

59,682 went through the turnstiles

for last Saturday’s showpiece match

between Stade Rochelais and

Leinster.

The formats for next season’s

Heineken Champions Cup and

EPCR Challenge Cup will be

announced shortly, in conjunction

with details of the Pool Draws for

both tournaments which will be

staged towards the end of the

month.

During the 2022/23 season, EPCR

will continue to be supported by

Heineken as the title partner of the

Heineken Champions Cup, as well as

by EPCR’s Official Logistics Partner

DHL and Official Hotels Partner

IHG Hotels & Resorts amongst

others, with future exciting partner

announcements expected in the

near future.

The 2023 Finals weekend is

scheduled for Dublin’s Aviva Stadium

on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May.

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PLAYER STATISTICS 2021/22

VODACOM BULLS

TOP 3 OFFLOADS

MARCELL COETZEE MADOSH TAMBWE LIONEL MAPOE

34 22 16

KURT-LEE ARENDSE

991

METRES GAINED

TOP 5 TURNOVERS WON

MARCELL COETZEE 13

ARNO BOTHA 11

BISMARCK DU PLESSIS 10

CYLE BRINK 6

RUAN NORTJE 5

185

MARCELL

COETZEE

176

ELRIGH

LOUW

126

ARNO

BOTHA

122

HAROLD

VORSTER

114

RUAN

NORTJE

TOTAL

CARRIES

46


TOP 5 CLEAN BREAKS

KURT-LEE

ARENDSE

MADOSH

TAMBWE

CORNAL

HENDRICKS

CANAN

MOODIE

ZAK

BURGER

23 20 11 8 8

169

TOTAL

TACKLES

MARCELL COETZEE

100

TOTAL

80

60

40

20

0

CHRIS

SMITH

MORNE

STEYN

ZAK

BURGER

KICKS

IN PLAY

86

66 61 60

EMBROSE

PAPIER

25

JOHAN

GOOSEN

ZAK

BURGER

515

TOTAL

PASSES

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PLAYOFF RECORDS

2002-02 AND 2010 TO DATE

Note: Including quarter-finals in 2002 & 2003, Top six playoffs in 2018 & 2019, semi-finals in 2002 & 2003 and

from 2010 to 2020, and finals in 2002, 2003 and 2010 to date. Not including last year’s Rainbow Cup final.

TEAM PLAY-OFF MATCH RECORDS

LEINSTER 76-GLASGOW 14

HIGHEST

SCORE

76

LEINSTER 76-GLASGOW 14

BIGGEST

VICTORY

62

2022 QUARTER-FINAL

2022 QUARTER-FINAL

MUNSTER 33-CONNACHT 3, LEINSTER 18-ULSTER 3,

MUNSTER 23-OSPREYS 3 & LEINSTER 13-MUNSTER 3

LOWEST

SCORE

2002 QF, 2011 SF, 2017 SF, 2020 SF

3

PONTYPIRDD 12-NEATH 13, OSPREYS 31-LEINSTER 30,

GLASGOW 16-MUNSTER 15 & LEINSTER 16, MUNSTER 15

CLOEST

MATCH

2002 QF, 2012 F, 2014 SF, 2018 SF

1

MOST

TRIES

12

LEINSTER 76, GLASGOW 14

2022 (QF)

MOST

CONVERSIONS

LEINSTER 76, GLASGOW 14

2022 (QF)8

ULSTER 38-NEATH 29

MOST

PENALTY

GOALS

2001 QF

MOST

DROP

GOALS

ON FOUR OCCASSIONS

35

35

LEINSTER 76-GLASGOW

90

14

MOST

COMBINED

POINTS

2022 QF

LEINSTER 13-MUNSTER 3

LOWEST

COMBINED

POINTS

2020 SF

16

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INDIVIDUAL MATCH RECORDS IN ONE PLAY-OFF MATCH

QUICKEST TRY

3MINS

Ian Keatley Munster v Ospreys 2012 (SF)

Shane Jennings Leinster v Ulster 2013 (Final)

Tommy Seymour Glasgow v Ulster 2019 (SF)

MOST POINTS MOST TRIES MOST CONVERSIONS MOST PENALTY GOALS

28 3 8 8

DAVID

HUMPHREYS

Ulster v Neath

2001 (QF)

JOHNNY

McNICHOLL

Scarltes v Leinster

2018 (Final)

HARRY

BYRNE

Leinster v Glasgow

2022 (QF)

MOST DROP GOALS

LEE JARVIS Neath v Ulster 2001 (QF)

ERIC ELWOOD Connacht v Glasgow 2001 (QF)

LEE JARVIS Neath v Munster 2003 (Final)

RONAN O’GARA Munster v Leinster 2010 (SF)1

DAVID

HUMPHREYS

Ulster v Neath

2001 (QF)

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MOST

CAREER

POINTS IN

PLAY-OFF

MATCHES

144

JOHNNY SEXTON

LEINSTER

52


CAREER MATCH RECORDS IN ONE PLAY-OFF MATCH

SEAN CRONIN

MOST

TRIES

LEINSTER

5

JOHNNY SEXTON

MOST

CONVERSIONS

LEINSTER

15

JOHNNY SEXTON

MOST

PENALTY

GOALS

LEINSTER

YOUNGEST

PLAYER

38

YOUNGEST

STARTER

KEELAN GILES

Ospreys v Munster

2017 (SF)

LEE JARVIS

MOST

DROP

GOALS

NEATH

19YEARS

111DAYS

YOUNGEST

CAPTAIN

JONNY GRAY

Glasgow v Connacht

2016 (SF)

2

22YEARS

68DAYS

19YEARS

4DAYS

DUNCAN WEIR

GLASGOW V OSPREYS 2010 SF

OLDEST

PLAYER

YOUNGEST

POINT

SCORER

STUART HOGG

Glasgow v Leinster

2012 (SF)

OLDEST

STARTER

JOHN HAYES

Munster v Leinster

2011 (Final)

19YEARS

322DAYS

37YEARS

207DAYS

YOUNGEST

TRY

SCORER

STUART HOGG

Glasgow v Leinster

2012 (SF)

OLDEST

CAPTAIN

RORY BEST

Ulster v Glasgow

2019 (SF)

19YEARS

322DAYS

36YEARS

275DAYS

38YEARS

360DAYS

FILO TIATIA

OSPREYS V LEINSTER 2010 F

OLDEST

POINT

SCORER

MICK GALWEY

Munster v Ulster

2003 (SF)

36YEARS

87DAYS

OLDEST

TRY

SCORER

MICK GALWEY

Munster v Ulster

2003 (SF)

36YEARS

87DAYS

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SUPPORTERS ARE ASKED TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ENTERING

SUPPORTERS ARE ASKED TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ENTERING

AND LEAVING THE STADIUM THROUGH RESIDENTIAL AREAS

AND LEAVING THE STADIUM THROUGH RESIDENTIAL AREAS

+++ SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED WITHIN THE ARENA +++

+++ SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED WITHIN THE ARENA +++

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE/

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE/

LOST CHILDREN

LOST CHILDREN

The Site Doctor can be contacted by radio through Leinster

The Rugby Site Staff Doctor and can Stewards. be contacted The Doctor by radio will through be located Leinster at the

Rugby South end Staff of and the Stewards. Anglesea The Stand. Doctor will be located at the

South end of the Anglesea Stand.

LOST CHILDREN

LOST Lost children CHILDREN can be collected from the South end of the

Lost Anglesea children Stand.. can be collected from the South end of the

Anglesea Stand..

IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY, PATRONS

IN WILL THE NOT INTERESTS BE ALLOWED OF SAFETY, TO ENTER PATRONS THE

WILL PLAYING NOT AREA BE ALLOWED AFTER GAMES. TO ENTER THE

PLAYING AREA AFTER GAMES.

The policy to prohibit such encroachment has

The been policy taken to to avoid prohibit injuries such and encroachment possibly fatality has

been and has taken been to avoid taken injuries on the and advice possibly of the fatality safety

and authorities. has been taken on the advice of the safety

authorities.

Supporters are sincerely thanked for their cooperation

to are date sincerely and are thanked asked for to their continue co-

Supporters

operation this co-operation to date in and the are future. asked Together to continue we

this can co-operation ensure that the in the RDS future. experience Together is both we

can enjoyable ensure and that safe. the RDS experience is both

enjoyable and safe.

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TODAY’S

MINIS GAMES

MALAHIDE RFC

Shay McSorley, Liam McDevitt, Tadhg Loughran, Conor

Reid, Bruno Mangiardi, Amady Sow, Scott Egan, Dylan

Lowther, Sean Brophy, Andy Lynam, Luke McCullen, Matthew

McGovern, Vincent Regnier, Leonardo Di Venossi, Michael

Donaldson, Hugo Nolan, Cody Hanahoe, Rory Smith, Will Bell,

Benjamin O’Brien.

vs

COOLMINE RFC

Richard Kelly, Harry O’Doherty, Daire Farrelly, Jack Mansfield,

Patrick Gleeson, Daniel Lennon, Daniel Lynch, Charlie Creagh,

Scott Gallagher, Matthew Leyden, Conor Gilsenan, Padraig

Dermody, Ethan Ryan, AJ MacDonald, Matthew McAuliffe,

Raymond Barrett, Dylan Metcalfe, Reeyin Singh, Dylan

Hadfield, Rylie Carey. Coaches: Ross Metcalfe, Karl O’Doherty

ENNISCORTHY RFC

Cathal Whelan, Noah Power, Conor Delaney, Cian Allen, Rocco

Quigley, Stephen Murphy, Zach Dempsey, Jack Ronan, Shane

Codd, Ben Dunne, Freddie Dolphin, Noel Asple, Jack Butler,

Austin Murphy, Ruairi Cooper, Liam Coleman, Henry Downey,

Charlie Kavanagh

vs

CARLOW

TODAY’S MASCOT

CON

CULLEN

Age: 7

Favourite Player:

He isn’t allowed have

one! So all of them.

School:

St Matthew’s.

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FINAL FOUR

LEINSTER VS VODACOM BULLS

VS.

A MOMENT IN TIME

Madosh Tambwe of the Vodacom Bulls tries

to keep pace with Leinster’s Luke McGrath

when the teams met for the first time ever in

the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in

September 2021 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Credit: inpho.ie

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FINAL EIGHT

LEINSTER VS VODACOM BULLS

ANDREA PIARDI

MAN IN THE

MIDDLE

I

taly’s Andrea Piardi

will be the man with

the whistle for this

afternoon’s Final

Four clash between

Leinster and Vodacom Bulls.

Having made his debut in 2019,

Piardi has 22 league matches

under his belt, although he has not

overseen a match involving either

of these sides in the competition

this season.

Piardi, who was in charge of

last weekend’s Final Eight fixture

involving Leinster and Glasgow, will

again be assisted by compatriot

Gianluca Gnecchi and Wales’ Craig

Evans, while Matteo Lipperini -

another Italian - will serve as TMO.

Gnecchi runs the line today but was

the man in the middle for Leinster’s

home clash with the Ospreys earlier

in the season. Evans, meanwhile, has

overseen three Leinster fixtures as

referee in 2021-22.

EXTRA TIME

PROTOCOL

If the score is tied at the end of

a Knock-Out Match, then extra

time will be played, consisting

of two periods, each of ten

minutes plus any stoppage time

in each period.

At the final whistle signalling the

end of normal time in the Match,

there will be a five minute break.

Neither the teams nor the Match

officials may leave the Playing

Enclosure during this break, save

for exceptional reasons. The

coaching/management/medical

staff of each Club shall be

permitted onto the Playing Area

during this break to bring water,

nourishment and treatment to

their Players, but they must leave

the Playing Area before the end

of the break.

After the five-minute break,

the teams will swap ends and the

Club that kicked off the first half

of the Match will kick off the first

period of extra time. After ten

minutes the referee will stop the

Match and the teams will swap

ends again while there is a break

of one minute. Neither the teams

nor the Match officials may leave

the Playing Enclosure during

this break, save for exceptional

reasons. The coaching/

management/medical staff of

each Club shall be permitted onto

the Playing Area during the break

to bring water, nourishment and

treatment to their Players, but

they must leave the Playing Area

before the end of the break.

After the one-minute break, the

Club that kicked off the second

half of the Match will kick off

the second period of extra time.

After ten minutes the referee will

stop the Match. If at that point

there is no winner of the Match

according to the criteria set out

in the Tournament Rules, then

the referee will conduct a placekick

competition to determine

the winner.

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