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Heaslip seeks Leinster treble

27th August 2014 10:05


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Launch: Heaslip with the other Pro12 captains in London

There will be no complacency from Leinster ahead of the new Pro12 season according to new skipper Jamie Heaslip.

The Ireland number eight will take on the role after the retirement of Leo Cullen, as Leinster seek a third straight domestic title.

Leinster made it two straight Pro12 titles at the end of last season when they comfortably saw off Glasgow Warriors in the final, and they will now attempt to win an unprecedented third straight title.

They will have to do so without a number of experienced heads, including Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll, who also called time on his career at the end of last season.

However Heaslip is confident he will be able to step up in the new role, having already led the club on a number of occasions last season, as well as previously captaining Ireland.

"You kind of start from scratch again," said Heaslip at the official Pro12 launch.

"We have had a bit of success over the last couple of years in both our domestic and European championships and every year we set out with the mindset that the competition is not ours.

"It is not ours to defend it is ours to go after and we focus on our everyday goals and our everyday values. Hopefully then we get the outcome at the end of the year.

"It's a great honour to take over the mantle from someone as iconic as Leo.

"He is someone who has really paved the way in terms of being a great influence on the club.

"Hopefully I will be able to mimic some of the things he has done for the club in terms of setting an example. At times I had the opportunity to do it last year but to be club captain is pretty cool.

"It is a great honour to represent such a great club and group of players and everything that goes on behind it. It was a pretty proud moment."

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Harlequins vs Leinster15:15
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Leinster vs Harlequins19:45
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Leinster 33 - 8 EdinburghLeinster vs Edinburgh Report
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Leinster 25 - 20 Wasps
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Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster
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