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Leicester touch off ticket row

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Leicester have offered Munster just 1,000 tickets, but the Irish side are appealing to the European Rugby Club headquarters for their 25 percent entitlement, which would be around 4,000 tickets. In what is seen as an amazingly selfish act, Leicester are asking their 13,000 season tickets holders to apply for tickets before Feb. 21. “Any remaining tickets will go on general sale at the end of March,’ a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Leinster have confirmed that their Heineken Cup quarterfinal against Biarritz will be played at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, April 13. Their own ground at Donnybrook can hold only 7,500 supporters. Leinster would have preferred to play at the more compact Donnybrook venue, but demand for tickets cause them to switch to Lansdowne.
“Under the rules of the Heineken Cup, we have to give 25 percent of the tickets to our opposition and after the extra allocation of ticket to sponsors and the European Rugby Board, we would actually be turning away 2,000 of the supporters who would normally be at Donnybrook on Friday nighs,” said Leinster coach Matt Williams. Now Leinster are hoping to beat the record attendance of 27,000 for an Irish provincial side.

BYRNE FOR TIPP?
Former Kilkenny hurling captain Denis Byrne is ready to declare for Tipperary. The 28-year-old midfielder, who recently bought a house in Mullinahone, County Tipperary, is transferring from his old club Graigue Ballycallan to the newly crowned Tipp champions. And once he plays for Mullinahone, it’s expected that he will get a trial with the Tipp hurlers.
Transfers between these great hurling rivals are rare. In 2002 Byrne captained Kilkenny in their All-Ireland win over Offaly, but he was dropped from The Cats panel last year. And Ballycallan are also losing one of their star camogie players. Tracy Millea, who is a teacher in Clonmel, will be lining out for Cashel King Cormacs this year.
Also, Eamonn Taaffe, Clare’s match winner in the 1995 All-Ireland hurling final, is back in the Banner squad for the upcoming League campaign. Taaffe played his last game for Clare against Tipperary in the 2000 Munster Championship when he was substituted by manager Ger Loughnane after only 20 minutes. Now new Clare manager Cyril Lyons has persuaded 28 year-old Taaffe to rejoin the panel for training.

MURPHY QUITS CORK
Liam Murphy has quit as manager of Cork City. Murphy quit on the last day of the season, when Cork lost out on a possible European place by going down to UCD at Turner’s Cross. Murphy will stay as a technical director, while the club look for a full-time manager. Damien Richardson, who has in the past managed Cork, could be in line for a recall as is Dave Hill, who left Cork last season to manage Cobh Ramblers. And there’s also a vacancy in the first division where John Toal has quit as manager of Dublin City.

GAMES OF CHANCE
Soccer players have been known to gamble and play a few games of cards to while away the hours they spend on airplanes and hanging around hotels. There was uproar in England recently when it was claimed that a Chelsea player had lost

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