Toulon’s Drew Mitchell is denied a try by Leinster’s Seán Cronin and Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

This was Leo Cullen’s mulligan. Everyone knows Leinster are in a period of rebuilding without the correct tools to actually do so in this new European(...)

Leinster’s Cian Healy dejected after the game Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This was Leo Cullen’s mulligan. Everyone knows Leinster are in a period of rebuilding without the correct tools to actually do so in this new European(...)

Mike McCarthy’s form this season suggests he is capable of extending his career. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday’s European Champions Cup game at the Aviva Stadium is a landmark game for Mike McCarthy. Since making his professional senior debut for Wasps(...)

Jonathan Sexton leaves the Stade Felix Mayol pitch following Leinster’s defeat to Toulon in last weekend’s Champions Cup clash in France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The bus was rolling down the quays late one Friday night when Michael Cheika went ballistic. ‘Pull in!’ our coach commanded. It was late 2007 and Lei(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

 Josh van der Flier breaks through to score Leinster’s try during the  Champions Cup loss to Bath  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Leinster didn’t get out of their Pool in the 2007/08 season. After defeat in Toulouse and then Edinburgh, the European campaign was effectively over b(...)

Charles Piutau scores in the dying minutes against Leinster in the European Champions Cup match at the RDS.Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The stakes are high for Leinster today. Following on from their alarmingly limp defeat at home to Wasps last Sunday, another loss today in Bath would (...)

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 (...)

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.(...)

Paul O’Connell launching  the new adidas Climachill Product Range in Dublin. “I really wish I had a bit more clarity for you.”  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inph

Paul Jeremiah O’Connell is not moving to Toulon. Where he intends to be after October 31st (the World Cup final date) will be revealed following a fam(...)