Leinster’s Shane Jennings was sidelined for 13 weeks after tearing his hamstring against Connacht. Photograph: Billy Stickland/inpho

One player hoping his name will be on Matt O’Connnor’s team when he names his Leinster side today is Shane Jennings. While the bulk of the internatio(...)

Ian Madigan and Dany Care have both been given warnings for an incident which occured late on in Leinster’s 14-13 Champions Cup victory over Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium, while ’Quins lock Charlie Matthews has been cited for alledgedly making contact with the eye area of Dominic Ryan

Ian Madigan has been issued with a warning from the citing commissioner following an incident with Danny Care in the closing stages of Leinster’s 14-1(...)

Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock leaves the pitch with his right arm in a sling following the European Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s arm injury looks set to curtail the 24-year-old’s breakthrough season at Test level. Capped at openside wing forward in the big Novembe(...)

Jamie Heaslip clenches his fist on the full time whistle as Leinster see off Harlequins 14-13 at the Aviva Stadium 5:01

Leinster 14 Harlequins 13It was a grim, a dour arm wrestle, for large tranches devoid of imagination, wit, subtlety, and anything that might resemble (...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock  hands off Harlequins’ Dave Ward (centre right) during the Pool Two Champions Cup match at the  Stoop, Twickenham.

Harlequins 24, Leinster 18: For once, Ian Madigan’s boot couldn’t save them. The centre landed six from six in another unerring display off the kic(...)

 Harlequins’ Aseli Tikoirotuma breaks against Leinster at the Stoop. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Harlequins 24 Leinster 18Leinster took the bare minimum from The Stoop after being caught cold by two tries in quick succession from Harlequins in the(...)

 Jamie Heaslip should be one of the few survivor from when Harlqeuins and Leisnetr last met in 2009.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster team won’t be selected until Friday. But of the 15 players who started against Harlequins in the 2009 ‘Bloodgate’ quarter-final, probably(...)

England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster has work to do after defeat to South Africa. Photograph: Philip Brown / Reuters

England captain Chris Robshaw bemoaned the fact his side had to play catch up as they slumped to a fifth defeat on the bounce, losing 31-28 to South A(...)

Jan Serfontein of South Africa celebrates as he runs in the opening try against England at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

England 28 South Africa 31England’s faltering build-up to the 2015 World Cup continued after South Africa inflicted a pressure-building fifth successi(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)