Jamie Heaslip: forms an impressive Leinster backrow with Shane Jenning and Dominic Ryan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How quickly the majesty of last season’s league win can lose its lustre after one match. Two defeats in a row could be classed as a problem around Lei(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip celebrates with the Pro 12 trophy after victory against Glasgow in the  Pro 12 final. Heaslip returns today for his first game of the new season. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Jamie Heaslip makes his return for Leinster this weekend, when he will captain the side for the first home game of the season in his first Pro12 mat(...)

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie in Dublin with the “To Big To Miss” advertising board to promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: onEdition

This interview with Denis Hickie was to promote next year’s rugby World Cup in England and Wales. We met in the Central Hotel on Exchequer street. It (...)

Seán O’Brien (left) and  Ian Madigan (cap) sat out Leinster training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Seán O’Brien and Ian Madigan sat out Leinster training last night but both are expected to be fit to face Scarlets at the RDS on Saturday (2.40pm).Le(...)

Shane Jennings arrives for pre-season training at the Leinster rugby squad session in University College Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The pressure is already on Leinster to kick-start their season at home to the Scarlets this Saturday and, helpfully, some of their top Irish internati(...)

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson: confirmed offer of contract to Johnny Sexton and expects decision within next week or fortnight. Photograph: Inpho.

There’s a rapidly dwindling appetite for further conjecture on where Jonathan Sexton will be playing his rugby next season. Leinster, in conjunction (...)

Simon Zebo breaks clear of the Argentina defence to score Ireland’s first try during the second Test in Tucumán, Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 23: Ireland huffed and puffed in the clammy Tucumán air of north eastern Argentina to eventually complete a slightly laboured (...)

Fergus McFadden, who will don the Ireland number 13 jersey against Argentina tomorrow, taking part in the captain’s run at the Estadio Centenario, Tucumán. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland have plumped for a more experienced and proven side for the second Test against Argentina in the Estadio José Fierro in Tucumán tomorrow (kick(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)

Darren Cave makes a break against Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 29 Ireland duly achieved their anticipated first test win in Argentina, if not quite in the manner Joe Schmidt and the Iri(...)