Leinster will be defending an unbeaten record at the Aviva Stadium
Leinster Rugby have confirmed they have sold 48,000 tickets for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium.
Tickets for the big game on Saturday, 7 April are still on sale and the attendance will be a far cry from the 7,350 who turned out to see Leinster face Cardiff in the semi-finals at the old Lansdowne Road in 1995.
That is the only time the two teams have met in the knock-out stages in the Heineken Cup, when Cardiff won 14-12 before losing in extra time to Toulouse in the inaugural final at the National Ground, Cardiff Arms Park.
Leinster, the reigning champions, will be taking an unbeaten record at the new Aviva Stadium into their quarter-final and will be hoping to stay on course to threaten Leicester Tigers' record of being the only team to retain the Heineken Cup and become only the second team to win European rugby's top title for a third time.
Their attendances at the Aviva will shoot through the 200,000 barrier and one player in particular who will feel very much at home on Saturday, 7 April will be Leinster and Ireland outside half Jonny Sexton. He averages more than 15 points per game for his province in Heineken Cup matches at the Aviva having amassed 63 in their four previous games there.
It is also a happy hunting ground for Leinster try scorers with 13 scored in four games and only seven conceded. It all adds up to a tough task for the Blues, although with Jamie Roberts, Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert and Bradley Davies all having played in a winning Welsh team at the Aviva already this season the Welsh region will travel with some confidence.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.