Named Best European Player of the Year 2022, Leinster Rugby third row Josh van der Flier was instrumental in Ireland’s victory over New Zealand (22-32), like Robbie Henshaw , Hugo Keenan or even Jonathan Sexton.
A week after his historic victory on the ground of the All Blacks (23-12), Ireland once again disposed of New Zealand! And Leinster Rugby players played a key role in this success in Wellington (22-32). Author of the first try of the match, in the 4th minute of play, Josh van der Flier, winner of the EPCR European Player of the Year Award 2022, perfectly launched the XV of Clover. The third line of Leinster Rugby was imitated in the first period by the back of the Irish province Hugo Keenan (28th) and the center three-quarter Robbie Henshaw (37th).
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For his part, the captain of Leinster Rugby Jonathan Sexton signed 12 points on foot. On the occasion of this match, the opening half passed the mythical bar of 1000 points in the Irish jersey. He thus becomes the second player to reach this symbolic milestone with the XV of Clover, after Ronan O’Gara (1,083 points). ” It’s a very special day because we played against the best in the world. Coming here and doing what we did is very, very special. We can see how much we believed in it “commented Sexton at the end of the meeting. Note that Ulster Rugby hooker Robert Herring scored his team’s fourth try (65th). As a reminder, Leinster Rugby will find Racing 92 and Gloucester Rugby next season in Pool A of the Champions Cup.