Josh van der Flier runs in for his side’s try during the European Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bath 19 Leinster 16 Rejuvenated by their Kiwi contingent, there was no shame in losing this game to a 77th minute penalty. Mentally and physica(...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen: “There are areas we can fix that are very much in our control.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The mental torment of last Sunday’s 33-6 defeat to Wasps has been exacerbated by a physical tariff ahead of tomorrow’s Champions Cup pool match agains(...)

Leinster backrow forward faces up to 10 weeks of the sidelines after breaking a bone in a  foot. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Leo Cullen must plan without Seán O’Brien, Richard Strauss, Mike McCarthy and now Jack Conan for Saturday’s trip to Bath in round two o(...)

Jonathan Sexton with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at squad training. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS BT Sport Europe, Saturday 1pm Leo Cullen may see Wasps as the first real challenge of his coaching career with Leinster. He kn(...)

New Zealand’s fullback Ben Smith  passes to his captain Richie McCaw during World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Did you spot all those tricolours in Twickenham? The ultimate triumph of hope over Argentina. In the end our people had to make do with being neutral (...)

The game – and World Cup – is up for Ireland as Juan Imhoff dives over the line to score Argentina’s fourth try and seal their passage to the semi-final, where they will play Michael Cheika’s Australia in Twickenham. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Few are prepared to talk. A media scrum is not the proper environment for a dissertation on disappointment. It’s primarily an exercise in trying to es(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe in action against France in last week’s final pool stage match at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:35

Accentuate the heavy toll then highlight those who remain. With Paul O’Connell under the knife, Peter O’Mahony forced home and Seán O’Brien wanderi(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is expected to start against Argentina. Photo: Getty Images 5:00

Irish team manager Mick Kearney has given the broadest hint yet that Johnny Sexton will be fit to start Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Arge(...)

Ireland rugby squad training in Newport, Wales. Coach Joe Schmidt believes game against France will be decided on tiniest of margins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This is it then. The World Cup has finally arrived for Ireland and France. From now on, things become altogether more serious. For the winners, a seve(...)

Jared Payne will not  face France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:54

The French would have been mid-session this afternoon when word filtered through that Keith Earls will be wearing number 13 for Ireland on Sunday at t(...)