The flanker defends Leinster coach Matt O’Connor against criticism

Mike Ross at Ireland training in Carton House, Co. Kildare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Coach Joe Schmidt still favours veterans Mike Ross and Gordon D’Arcy

onathan Sexton during kicking practice at Twickenham last year. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland outhalf talks though his place-kicking routine in promo for Investec

Sean O’Brien will make his return to action for the Ireland Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Musgrave Park tomorrow night. (Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

Ian Madigan starts at outhalf while Felix Jones will captain a strong starting line-up

8 December 2014; Leinster players, from left, Luke McGrath, Darragh Fanning, Brendan Macken and Cian Healy at the Bank of Ireland Schools Leinster Draw in association with Beauchamps Solicitors. House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Cian Healy, Brendan Macken, Darragh Fanning and Luke McGrath

FIRA Under 18 European Championships Semi-Final, Plewiska, Poland 15/4/2014Ireland U18 vs France U18Ireland’s Max DeeganMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Szymon Gruchalski/

Blackrock, St Michael’s and Clongowes Wood lead the way in conditioning

Belvedere College  players celebrate in front of their fans after beating Blackrock College to win the 2005 Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Unlikely victory after out smarting and out muscling Dublin rivals ended 33-year drought

The former schools rugby player and four of his former team-mates later joined the ranks of professional sport

Blackrock’s Caelan Doris offloads to Roghan McMahon during their Leunster Schools Senior Cup tie against Terenure College. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Gutsy Terenure no match for forward power of the reigning cup holders

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