Wallace backs Croker for potential cup epic

David Wallace believes Croke Park must be given serious consideration as a venue for any potential Heineken Cup semi-final meeting between Leinster and Munster later this season.

Both provinces face tricky last eight ties against French opposition — Munster welcome Toulouse to Limerick while Leinster must travel to take on Toulon. Should both win they would meet for the third time at the semi-final stage.

“I don’t think it matters where it’s played,” the former Munster flanker told thescore.ie. “It could be played on a green in the middle of a housing estate and I still think it would be an epic match.

“A lot of water has to go under the bridge before then; two massive teams have to be beaten to get that result. People are starting to look forward to it and say ‘What if?’ but it would obviously be a great money-spinner to have it in Croke Park.”

Wallace was speaking at Lansdowne Road where he was helping to promote Aviva Advantages who are offering fans the opportunity to watch the Ireland-Scotland Six Nations match from the Aviva VIP Lounge.

The difference between the capacities of the two stadiums — located across the River Liffey from one another — stands at over 30,000 and it was at Croke Park where a record crowd for a club rugby game was set five years ago.

A total of 82,208 people watched Leinster get the better of Munster on the way to clinching their first ever Heineken title while Munster won the previous ERC meeting, at the old Lansdowne Road, in 2006.

The GAA has already decided that their Allianz League divisional finals will be played on the April weekend in question — over the course of Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon — leaving just Friday as a possible date for the Jones’ Road venue.

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