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A Leinster lady and a true blue -- meet the supporters club's new president

MEET the first woman president lining out for Leinster's true blue fans -- and she has completed two "supporter slams" by going to every single match home and away.

The Heineken Cup champions boast one of the biggest female followings of any rugby club in Europe.

And now fans in the Leinster Supporters Club have voted in their first woman president.

Aisling O'Connor (29) said that there is a noticeable representation of women at the club.



Dominated

"It can be seen as a male-dominated sport. But you only have to go to the RDS or your local rugby club on any match day and you will see wives, girlfriends and female supporters there," she said

"I've never been to a rugby match where there has been trouble. There is rivalry, banter and the highs and lows of the game. But there's never been a threat of violence.

"More often than not there's something going on other than the match, there's always something fun going on."

And she said that Leinster's female followers give their male counterparts a run for their money.

"There are women everywhere -- most of the home games would have half and half women and men but I've been to away games where there are more women," she said.

Aisling from Ratoath, Meath, said that women's participation in the sport is also aiding the growth.

"I know the Ireland women's team is doing very well having qualified for the 2013 Sevens World Cup. And the Leinster women's team are fantastic."

Aisling is a self-confessed rugby fanatic and has only missed four games in the past three seasons.

And she even completed two "supporters slams" which involves going to every Leinster game home and away in the 2009/10 and 2011/12 seasons.

"I got into it in 2005/2006 when rugby was not that popular and I was able to get tickets from a friend, and from there I started going to the Leinster games in Donnybrook then to the RDS.

"I have been a season ticket holder with Leinster since 2006/2007.

"My aim for the next season is to try and continue the fantastic work done by previous committees," she added. "I have big shoes to fill."

clairemurphy@herald.ie