Leinster Rugby season preview: Strength ensures Cullen’s side remains the team to beat

Leinster machine rolls on and remains standard-bearer for United Rugby Championship

Robbie Henshaw: the form he delivered for the Lions could imbue him with the confidence to further underline his world-class status. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw: the form he delivered for the Lions could imbue him with the confidence to further underline his world-class status. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prospects

For all the disappointment of their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final defeat against La Rochelle last May, reaching that stage after that quarter-final win in Exeter and effectively retaining their Pro14 crown, not once but twice, constituted a highly creditable season by any yardstick.

They have now won eight versions of the United Rugby Championship’s various precursors as well as four Champions Cups and a Challenge Cup, not to mention two B&I Cups and two Celtic Cups.

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