This request was responded to enthusiastically by ERC due to the proactive move by Leinster Lions to promote the stature of the tournament. However, ERC also had to consider the fairness to all other Heineken Cup participants of any such approval.
In the end, the decision was made based upon the building work being undertaken at Donnybrook and the lack of any other alternative venue to Lansdowne Road to maximise Leinster Lions' participation in the tournament. However, the approval is on a temporary basis and any request for a continuance after season 2003 / 2004 would need to be resubmitted to the ERC Board.
Cardiff Blues travel to play Leinster Lions on the weekend of 23/24/25th January. You can buy tickets for the visit of Leinster Lions to Cardiff Arms Park to play Cardiff Blues in the Celtic League tomorrow (10th October) by clicking here.