Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wasps 51 Leinster 10 Twelve months since Johnny Sexton was stood down for 12 weeks by neurologist Dr Jean-François Cherman, concussion has revisited (...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton’s first outing as Leinster captain lasted less than 10 minutes after he suffered a clash of heads with Wasps’ former Leinster player Bre(...)

Ian Madigan new deal with Bordeaux-Bègles is believed to be at least €500,000 a season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ian Madigan’s understandable decision to sign a two-year contract with Union Bordeaux-Bègles (UBB) brings Irish rugby to a crossroads. Whether the 26(...)

Jonathan Sexton will resume career with Leinster for first time since 2013. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Benetton Treviso v Leinster Sunday, November 1, Stadio di Monigo, 3.0 Sky Sports 3 Leo Cullen has wasted no time in injecting Irish(...)

Simone Favaro: the Italian is the latest sign of the relatively recent attraction of foreign players to the PRO12 champions. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Simone Favaro was a super-destructive force for Italy against Ireland at the World Cup less than three weeks ago. The abrasive openside is the (...)

Leinster’s Luke McGrath could team up with former St Michael’s College team-mates Cathal Marsh and Ross Byrne for the match against Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Joe Schmidt admitted it was a calculated risk. Isaac Boss and Kieran Marmion stay at home with Ian Madigan prepared to slot in at scrumhalf if the wo(...)

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(...)

Luke McGrath starts for Leinster in Friday’s Pro 12 opener against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh v Leinster, Meggetland (Friday 7.35, live on TG4) Friday night will represent a milestone for St Michael’s College as seven of their former (...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan scores a try at Donnybrook last night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster 68 (Tries: Conan (2); Nacewa, McFadden, McGrath, Leavy, Beirne, Van der Flier, Fanning; pen try Cons: Nacewa (5); McFadden (4)) Moseley 0 (...)