FRIENDLY RIVALRY IGNITED AHEAD OF WASPS V LEINSTER CLASH
Loyalties will be divided in one significant household when Irish rugby fans hit Coventry at the weekend.
If Wasps produce a bonus point win against three-time European Champions Cup winners Leinster on home soil, they will secure a spot in April’s quarter-finals of the prestigious competition.
The Four Provinces, an Irish pub on Allesley Old Road just outside Coventry city centre, is preparing for an Irish invasion and are expecting to serve hundreds of fans before and after the big match.
But for manager Alex Ceairns the repercussions of the game could last far beyond match day.
Alex, aged 29 from Coundon, said: “There’s always a pandemonium atmosphere whenever Irish fans are in town so we’re expecting there to be a real buzz in the city this weekend.
“I’m a local lad so I will be supporting Wasps, although our resident DJ is a Leinster fan and my wife is Irish, so they both want a Leinster win. There’s nothing I’d love more than to see Wasps get through so that we can have another big quarter-final day in April, even though it might lead to a little domestic grief.
“We tend to get a crowd of die-hard Wasps fans that pop by on a match day on their way up to the Ricoh, and with the Leinster supporters keeping them company those numbers will easily double.
“The party will really get going after the match with both sets of fans coming together to create a jovial atmosphere. Come closing time on Saturday, I reckon we’ll have poured over 400 pints.”
Leinster will be looking to avenge November’s 33-6 European Champions Cup home defeat to Wasps when Dai Young’s men put on a defensive masterclass.
Wasps will look to call upon the services of England internationals including Matt Mullan and new EPS call-up Elliot Daly.
Leinster fan Liam Davin, aged 21 from Keresley, who is resident DJ at The Four Provinces and is attending Saturday’s game with friends, added: “I’ve supported Leinster my whole life because of my family roots, so I can’t wait to watch them right on my doorstep. Most of my mates are Wasps fans, but the pints will be in full flow if Leinster win!”
The Four Provinces Pub is a family-friendly venue that has been at the heart of Coventry’s Irish community since 1965.
Best mates Alex Ceairns and Martin Ryan took over the Chapelfields pub in 2014. The venue hosts a variety of activities from up-and-coming music bands to Irish dancing lessons.
Martin Fallon, Marketing Manager for Wasps, said: “This is our biggest game of the season so far and we know there is going to be plenty of friendly rivalry between supporters at the Ricoh Arena.
“I am sure that will be replicated by customers at The Four Provinces as well as we all look forward to this crunch European tie for the Wasps.”
Tickets for Wasps v Leinster are available from £15 for adults and under-10s go free and are available from www.wasps.co.uk or by ringing 024 7678 6411.