Matt O’Connor was popular among the players but he must have felt like David Moyes as Leinster season went awry. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Akin to David Moyes replacing Alex Ferguson, succeeding Joe Schmidt at Leinster was always going to be the toughest of acts to follow. Next man in, à (...)

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans: his odds shortened rapidly from 17-2 to 1-4 before steadying at 8-15 overnight with Paddy Power,  suggesting he may be Leinster’s preferred choice. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Wallabies’ head coach Robbie Deans has emerged as the front-runner to become the next Leinster head coach in succession to(...)

If Leinster had progressed in the Champions Cup against Toulon it’s unlikely this would have been the season’s outcome. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Leinster took the decision to release Matt O’Connor from his position as head coach with the province, they’d have done so with a heavy heart.(...)

Donnacha Ryan: “I just have to manage my situation and see how I pull up each day. It’s all about the moment.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

There doesn’t appear to be any potential bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad, but if a player is to emerge from the shadows to play for Joe Schmidt (...)

For the Thomond Park x-factor to come into play on Saturday, Anthony Foley admits there will need to be a good deal more supporters in situ come the less than ideal 2.30pm kick-off.

Time was when the prospect of an end-of-season play-off at Thomond Park would have whet the juices like no other fixture and next Saturday’s Guinness(...)

Peter Stringer hopes to finish the season on a high with Bath in the Aviva Premiership. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Enjoying a fruitful Indian summer to his career and one game away from a Premiership final, Peter Stringer remains as “excited” as ever about the pro(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley appeared to have no luck at all in the early stages of the season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s been a tough first season for Anthony Foley and his newly assembled, indigenous coaching ticket. The leaked email intended for the management whi(...)

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam must now prepare his side for a trip to Gloucester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s season is over but for Munster, Ulster and Connacht, season-defining games await. Ulster will be restored to something like full-strength f(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell scores a try during the  Guinness Pro 12 game against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 50 Dragons 27 As Super Saturdays go, this wasn’t quite on the scale of the Six Nations finale, although of all the final day games of t(...)

“Sometimes the margins between winning and losing can be really small,” says Munster’s Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The injection of importance which the new meritocratic European qualifying order has given the Guinness Pro12 is amply demonstrated by the ramificatio(...)