The Leinster travelling support has been boosted over the past year by the enthusiastic support of the Blackrock College Mini Rugby…

Having gotten the travel bug last year when they travelled for the Leinster/Wasps pool game at Twickenham, they have subsequently combined away Leinster trips with matches against Shannon in Munster and Belfast Harlequins in Ulster.

Last Saturday, they paid a return visit to Twickenham where they were asked to participate in the pre-match Guard of Honour.

Unfortunately, concerns about the state of the pitch forced the cancellation of the Guard of Honour but the boys participated in a half-time parade instead where, despite being outnumbered by the London Irish supporting clubs, they roared themselves hoarse in an effort to drown out their opponents.

London Irish had a special welcome for Eric O’Connor, who was a Leinster match day mascot last year, as Eric has just returned to rugby after having had treatment for Leukaemia.

It was also a special day for Joe Kyne who was celebrating his birthday. The boys are hoping for better results when they tour. Following three straight losses, Saturday’s draw was a significant improvement, but they are still chasing the elusive win.