Windstorms in the UK and flooding in Europe saw Amlin
Re Europe report a small loss in 2013. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Insurer and reinsurer Amlin posted a 23 per cent rise in profit, benefitting from a year with few major catastrophe claims. Amlin, Lloyd(...)

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan.

Pat Lam is a hard man to put down. Connacht’s coach has infectious enthusiasm and through some of those slanting winter months in Galway that characte(...)

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper: “We don’t think it’s in the interests of the game a competition such as that”. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

In one of the more significant statements so far in the ongoing saga about the future of European rugby, the game’s governing body, the International (...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Warren Gatland meet on the pitch following the Lions’ third Test victory in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters.

Brian O’Driscoll’s brush with mortality when he was dropped by Lions coach Warren Gatland for the third and final Test match against Australia in June(...)

Leo Cullen in action against Perpignan in the 2003 Heineken Cup semi-final – Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy are the two other survivors from that defeat

Leo Cullen went and mentioned it yesterday. Perpignan. It was the 2003 Heineken Cup semi-final in Lansdowne Road and all Leins(...)

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt: “When you’ve got a team like Biarritz coming to town, it’s not too much of a distraction because you’ve really got to keep your focus on what’s in front of you.”

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt is unlikely to hear from the IRFU before this weekend regarding the vacant Irish coaching job. Although Schmidt said(...)

 Dave Kearney was knocked unconscious in the victory over Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dave Kearney will not be available for Leinster’s Amlin Challenge semi-final against Biarritz Olympique in Dublin on Saturday. The winger, who (...)

Leinster backrow Dominic Ryan is wary of the conditions in Italy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Biarritz may be next week’s work but Leinster see a little of the French outfit in this week’s opposition, Italian side Zebre. They may not hav(...)

The RDS will host a capacity 18,000 fans for the Amlin Challenge Cup decider.

Many of Leinster’s season ticket holders may expect disappointment if Joe Schmidt’s team beat last year’s winners Biarritz at the RDS on April (...)

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSON So it was with great reluctance that Leo Cullen and Guy Easterby treaded cautiously from injuries and tactical(...)