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Leinster coach eyes Welsh revival

By Nick Webb

Leinster coach Michael Cheika has backed the Magners League play-offs
Leinster coach Michael Cheika has backed the Magners League play-offs

Leinster coach Michael Cheika says the Welsh teams should be more competitive in the Magners League next year.

Cheika believes the downgrading of the Anglo-Welsh Cup and the introduction of Magners play-offs will benefit Wales.

"I think you might see a different picture next year when they don't have to deal with the EDF [Anglo-Welsh Cup]," Cheika told BBC Sport Wales.

"Sometimes they [the Welsh regions] have got to fight on three fronts and next year they'll be fighting on two."

Welsh hopes of winning the Magners League failed to last into May this season.

The slim mathematical hopes of the Ospreys - Wales' best-placed regional side - ended on 30 April when Munster were officially declared the new champions, taking over from Leinster.

606: DEBATE

But from next season the Magners League will adopt an end-of-season play-off system, similar to the one employed in the English Guinness Premiership.

"There'll be a final series [in the Magners League] as well," Cheika added.

"There'll be a really interesting series right down to the wire."



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see also
Munster seal Magners League title
30 Apr 09 |  Munster
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
RaboDirect Pro12
11 Apr 07 |  Rugby Union
Heineken Cup
11 Apr 07 |  Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup
11 Apr 07 |  Rugby Union


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