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Why is Leo here an appropriate mascot for Leinster Rugby?

[Disclaimer: You're more likely to get this if you're from Ireland]

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Because

the Irish name of Leinster is Laighin, which is pronounced very similarly to the English word "lion".

Also, more prosaically, because

the team was formerly known as the Leinster Lions; I don't know whether this is because of the sound of "Laighin" but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were.

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Maybe it's appropriate because

Leo Varadkar is the current Taoiseach (Prime Minister)

Plus

The seat of the Oireachtas (parliament of Ireland) is Leinster House

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