Leo the Lion writes his second blog for LeinsterRugby.ie. Will he rise to the challenge of bettering his first blog? Read on to find out…

Hello again. Against the better judgement of many people here in Leinster Rugby Towers (it’s not actually a tower, it’s a two storey building), I have been asked to write a second blog!

The first one was a roaring success, so now I have to follow it up with the difficult sequel. Will this be my Godfather II or will it be more like Big Momma’s House 2? I know which one I’m aiming for.

The squad who are not involved on international duty enjoyed a well-deserved week off and I took the chance to visit friends in the Serengeti. It was great to catch up with my good friend Mr. C.D. Lyons and my French pen-pal Emile A. ‘Ntelope.

It’s also been a good week for Leinster players on international duty. I watched the Ireland v Samoa match with great interest, especially with all of the Leinster lads named in the squad. It was great to see Dave Kearney, Fergus McFadden and Sean O’Brien get on the score sheet. Jack McGrath had a dream debut with his man of the match award. This weekend Ireland faces Australia and my arch nemesis – the Wallaby! Here’s hoping for some more great performances on Saturday.

Speaking of Australia, there were some special visitors to Leinster Rugby last week in the shape of the Kangaroos Rugby League team. Leinster TV spoke to Billy Slater while the rest of the team had a look at the gym facilities (and played an improvised game of cricket with a tennis ball and some kind of cardboard tube…). Take a look at the interview below.

Last Friday saw Naas take on NUIM Barnhall in an all Kildare Leinster Shield final. The men from Maynooth came out on top in a very close encounter that went right to the wire. Congratulations to both teams on a great game.

If you’re looking for some more club rugby this week, look no further than Terenure v UCD in the Leinster Cup final, which takes place in Donnybrook Stadium this Friday at 7.30pm. Looking back on how both teams fared in their respective groups before reaching the final, I’m willing to bet this will be a great game. The captains from both teams had their say on the match here.

I also have a bit of insider information on how you can win tickets to Leinster v Northampton in the Aviva if you’re interested.

What’s that? You are?

Then sign yourself up for Leinster Rugby’s eZine, as one lucky subscriber will win two tickets to this December’s biggest match. The winner will be announced in the eZine on Friday the 22nd of November.

What a great Christmas present that would be!

It’s not long now until Leinster are back in action against Treviso on Sunday, 24th November. Then I’ll be back in the RDS cheering on the Boys in Blue as they take on Scarlets.

There’s also going to be a very special surprise at the game… which I can’t reveal… You’ll just have to be there and find out what it is!

Until next time, I’ll just leave you with this…