Rob Kearney scores against the All Blacks: “It’s very hard to find a weakness but they are beatable. Ireland players know this now.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:12

So the million dollar question: should Ireland coach an offloading policy at this World Cup? I don’t think you can. You are either intuitively good(...)

Darragh Fanning is tackled by Edinburgh’s Ben Toolis during Leinster’s 16-9 defeat at Meggetland. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh 16 Leinster 9 Leinster came to Scotland with hopes of opening their Guinness Pro12 campaign on a positive note but against an Edinbur(...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan scores a try against Ulster during their pre-season friendly at Kinsgpan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph:  Inpho

Ulster 21 Leinster 24 Leo Cullen’s tenure as Leinster coach began in ideal style with his shadow squad, a mixture of youth and some notable exp(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock: will be renewing acquaintances with Harlequins’ Dave Ward in the big clash at the Aviva. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Befitting the weekend’s biggest attendance by some distance, this is simply huge. The ramifications of tonight’s encounter at the Aviva will ripple fo(...)

Ian Madigan in action against the Ospreys in the game at the RDS. The Ireland international has been passed fir to face Harlequins in the European Champions Cup. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Leinster medics have cleared Ian Madigan to face Harlequins at The Stoop this Sunday but doubts surround the return of Luke Fitzgerald and Richard(...)

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth is retained at outhalf against the Ospreys despite struggling against Treviso. Photograph: Inpho

  While there’s little point in dwelling on the abject nature of last week’s performance in Italy, Leinster will look to harness the frust(...)

 Richardt Strauss is back after five months out with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor welcomes back a number of players ahead of tomorrow’s Pro12 match against Zebre (3.0, Irish time).Hooker Richardt Strauss(...)

Launching the Ulster Bank League season  at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin were Jonathan Slattery of Old Belvedere, Emmet McMahon of UCD, Ben Reilly of Clontarf, Kevin Sheahan of St Mary’s, John Fitzgerald of Dolphin and Aaron Kerins of Ballynahinch. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Ulster Bank League has assured itself a fitting climax in line with all the other leagues in the world by reintroducing the concept of play-offs, (...)

 Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will lead the team against Ulster at Tallaght stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien will captain Leinster against Ulster in a pre-season friendly at Tallaght stadium tomorrow (4.0).The Lions and Ireland backrow forward st(...)

Jordan Coghlan will start at inside centre for Leinster in their opening pre-season game against the Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named a youthful selection for the opening game of the pre-season away to Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on(...)