Zane Kirchner in action for South Africa against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last year. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Leinster are hoping to have new signing Zane Kirchner released before his contract expires on October 31st. This would make him available for t(...)

Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll offloads in the tackle at Stadio del Tricolore.  Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Zebre 22 Leinster 41: Leinster leap-frogged Glasgow into second place with a bonus-point victory over Zebre yesterday, putting them firmly in range(...)

Munster's James Downey (top), Stephen Archer and Tommy O'Donnell tackle Seán O’Brien of Leinster during Saturday’s hectic RaboDirect  Pro 12 encounter at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I’ve my homework done in advance of next week’s encounter in Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, between Clermont and Munster and am very excited (...)

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster are hoping that the IRFU will expedite the process of finding a successor to Declan Kidney as coach to the national side if their pref(...)

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt was damning in his reaction to the incident involving Paul O’Connell and winger Dave Kearney in last weekend’s PRO12(...)

A dejected  Paul O’Connell leaves the field following the defeat by Leinster at Thomond Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Munster will find out today if the citing commissioner at Saturday's derby in Thomond Park, Eddie Walsh, will cite the Munst(...)

Munster's Paul O'Connell tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back, the rivalry that has defined Irish rugby in the professional era more than any other, and last weekend’s European wins in London, e(...)

Paul O'Connell celebrates his team's victory over Harlequins. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Warren Gatland has put the brakes on the Paul O'Connell bandwagon but will be in Cork this weekend to run the rule over Ireland's British and I(...)

Simon Zebo and the rest of the Munster squad prepare for the match earlier this week. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Having served his suspension for stamping, Brian O'Driscoll is set for his first appearance in a blue shirt of Leinster since January when Joe (...)

In a top level, 80-minute rugby match, the ball is in play for under 30 minutes. Of this all too short time, only momentary bursts of creative (...)