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 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 (...)

Number eight Dan Leavy is one of eight Leinster Academy graduates who will take up professional contracts, seven of those with Leinster, with Jordan Coghlan moving to Munster. Photograph:    Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All eight Leinster Academy graduates will take up professional rugby contracts in the coming season, seven of those with the province. Carlow brothers(...)

Andrew Conway makes a break for Emerging Ireland against Georia in Tbilisi. Photo: GRU/Inpho

Georgia 12 Emerging Ireland 45 Joe Schmidt watched Emerging Ireland win the Tbilisi Cup in emphatic style with a six-try win over hosts Georgia(...)

Rhys Ruddock will captain Emerging Ireland in their Tbilisi Cup opener against Emerging Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Emerging Ireland coaches Allen Clarke and Girvan Dempsey have named their side for the opening game of the Tbilsi Cup on Saturday. Rhys Ruddock will l(...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Leinster’s backrower Jordi Murphy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster, via the schools system, possess a never-ending well of backrow talent. This is evident now more than ever because the injury toll has never (...)

Ben Te’o has been relearning rugby union at Leinster training after converting from league to join the province. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

  Leinster v Edinburgh RDS Arena, 7.35pm TG4 Ben Te’o will be the centre of attention in every respect for tonight’s Guinness Pro12(...)

Former Ireland international Geordan Murphy is  regarded as favourite to succeed Paul Burke. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Ireland international Paul Burke has stepped down as backs’ coach at the Leicester Tigers. Geordan Murphy would be regarded as favourite to suc(...)

Mike Ross of Leinster is tackled by  Munster’s Stephen Archer and Robin Copeland. The prop may yet be fit to face Castres this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie /  Inpho

Leinster will wait until later in the week to make a call on the fitness of prop Mike Ross and fullback Rob Kearney ahead of their European Champions (...)