Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Robbie Henshaw has been in excellent form for Connacht this season.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Things are good in Robbie Henshaw’s world. His native province, Connacht, are flying high after the rarity of a home win over Munster at a Sportsgroun(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o with Dr John Ryan before going off injured on his debut in November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Injury-cursed Leinter have issued some positive news with rugby league convert Ben Te’o set to return from a broken arm ahead of Ulster’s visit to (...)

 Leinster’s Darragh Fanning scores his first  try against Treviso. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama / Inpho

Treviso 24 Leinster 24The physical aches and pains will probably pale when weighed against the mental anguish that the Leinster players will feel in t(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The No 13 debate, and need to fill that void, has been reignited by Matt O’Connor selecting Luke Fitzgerald at outside centre for Sunday’s arduous yet(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll and Robbie Henshaw during an Ireland training session. The former captain has tipped the young Connacht player to fill the number 13 shirt in his absence.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll believes that Robbie Henshaw is the man to fill the Ireland number 13 jersey in November and beyond. The anointment of the 21-(...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden leaves the field injured during the 34-23 defeat to Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor had little time for the officiating in his side’s 34-23 defeat to Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night.Munster (...)

Paul O’Connell, Rob Kearney and Tommy Bowe model the new Ireland kits unveiled by the IRFU today. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

He played there frequently for Ospreys and he played there last year for Ulster before injury wrecked his season. Tommy Bowe’s name has been linked t(...)

Kieran Marmion dives over the line to score a try for Connacht against Leinster last Friday. Photoraph: James Crombie/Inpho.

In front of the watching Joe Schmidt, Friday night’s head-to-head subplots in the Sportsground would have focussed mostly around midfield, and the you(...)

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)