Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor gambled on resting 12 of the starting line-up against Bath for the trip to the Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook

Many Leinster fans would yesterday have awoken to the radio advertising campaign promoting the province’s season ticket sales. Coming hard on the heel(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor at Rodney Parade where his side were beaten by Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Leinster’s hopes of reaching the play-offs of the Guinness Pro12 were all but extinguished for the first time since their inception in the 2009-10 se(...)

Matt Healy lost confidence after being released by Leinster but is now joint top try scorer for Connacht. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sun shone brilliantly on Thursday and on such days there’s few better places than the west. Matt Healy soaked up the rays by joining a few team-ma(...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan will hope to force himself into starting XV for Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster bid to right the biggest wrong of their Pro12 campaign to date when taking the trek to Newport tomorrow and seeking to avenge their shock lo(...)

Centre Bundee Aki returns to the Connacht side for the game against Ulster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have been true to their aim of making the Sportsground a fortress this season, and on their return home for the first time in six weeks rare(...)

Isa Nacewa: scores a try against Biarritz in the  Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final. In total, he scored 24 tries for Leinster in his first stint with the province. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Isa Nacewa is to come out of retirement two years after leaving Leinster by rejoining the province on a year’s contract. Leinster and the player have (...)

Racing-Metro’s  Jonny Sexton:  had been replaced when his team-mates decided to riskily run down the clock with pick-and-jam tactic within range of their posts. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/INpho 3:19

It’s funny how the new order has effectively scrapped the wonderful Heineken Cup for a revamped new tournament without a title sponsor, on foot of (...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney is challenged in the air by Bath’s Anthony Watson during their European Champions Cup quarter-final at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Watson was sin binned for the tackle. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

It’s a small mercy, but consigned in their own minds to a daunting semi-final against Toulon in the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, Leinster were at lea(...)

Bath’s Stuart Hooper tries to get to grips with Cian Healy during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leinster 18 Bath 15 You could almost reach out and bite the tension during a taut, fraught endgame and so the natives will remain a little res(...)

Rob Kearney is aware of the task facing Leinster. “Bath are a quality side. What they did to Toulouse was the performance of the season in the European Cup,” he says. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History will judge this generation of Irish rugby players well and few more so than Rob Kearney. He is the only player to have started all five games (...)