BATTLE LINES have been drawn and friendships could be on the rocks at a Coventry pub as Irish rugby fans descend on the city for the Wasps game.
The Four Provinces, an Irish pub on Allesley Old Road, is readying itself for an invasion of Irish fans as three-time European Champions Cup winners Leinster face the Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.
But with both teams fighting for a spot in April’s quarter-finals, Four Provinces manager Alex Ceairns is worried repercussions of the game could last beyond match day.
The 29-year-old from Coundon explained: “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.”
The pub, which usually welcomes a crowd of die-hard Wasps fans on match days, is throwing open its doors to visiting Leinster supporters and is expecting to pour over 400 pints by closing time on Saturday.
Resident DJ at The Four Provinces, 21-year-old Liam Davin from Keresley, said: “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 Irish giants will be hoping to avenge November’s 33-6 European Champions Cup home defeat to Wasps, while Dai Young will look to call upon the services of England internationals Matt Mullan and new EPS call-up Elliot Daly.
The Four Provinces Pub is a family-friendly venue that has been at the heart of Coventry’s Irish community since 1965.
Best friends 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.
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.