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Howzat? Leinster put best foot forward against Irish cricketers

LEINSTER rugby stars tried their hand at a different sport, taking on an Irish cricket team at their own game.

They may be Heineken Cup champions, but they were out of their comfort zone in the Battle of the Big Hitters.

The match took place at Pembroke Cricket Club in Sandymount, Dublin 4.

The Leinster XI included players such as Rob Kearney, Isa Nacewa and Jordan Coghlan; they were up against the likes of Trent Johnston and Andrew Poynter in the Cricket Ireland XI team.

However, cricket and rugby players were included in both teams.

Proceeds went to Spinal Injuries Ireland, which also used the match to showcase and promote the development of cricket and rugby for children.

The main event saw Leinster take on Ireland's cricket team -- with both sides fielding a strong selection of senior players as well as some special guests.

Cricket Ireland brought the 2012 ICC World Twenty 20 Qualifiers' trophy they won in March, while Leinster brought the Heineken Cup.

Speaking before yesterday's event, Coghlan said: "I've played quite a bit [of cricket] until about two seasons ago.

"I feel I made the right choice. I still miss it. It's a big sport in my family. All of my uncles and my friends are still playing."

comurphy@herald.ie