Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Harlequins: the lock admits the forwards didn’t show their ability in the game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The collective frustration continues. A win against Harlequins has maintained festive spirit but long faces around the training pitches in UCD tell a (...)

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: will be renewing acquaintances with Harlequins’ Dave Ward in the big clash at the Aviva. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Befitting the weekend’s biggest attendance by some distance, this is simply huge. The ramifications of tonight’s encounter at the Aviva will ripple fo(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has been named in the Leinster side to play Harlequins at The Stoop on Sunday, with coach Matt O’Connor making 10 changes to his starting line up

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named a strong line up for Sunday's trip to The Stoop to play Harlequins, making 10 changes in total from the side(...)

Ian Madigan in action against the Ospreys in the game at the RDS. The Ireland international has been passed fir to face Harlequins in the European Champions Cup. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Leinster medics have cleared Ian Madigan to face Harlequins at The Stoop this Sunday but doubts surround the return of Luke Fitzgerald and Richard(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney tackles Israel Folau during Saturday’s international rugby match against Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 5:39

On Friday I noted the key to Ireland’s success was high-tempo, low-error rugby. This of course was partly true, especially as Ireland rattled up 17 qu(...)

Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

Rob Kearney 7/10Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland.Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial du(...)

 Ireland’s Dave Kilcoyne scores a try despite the attentions of  David Kacharava of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/ Inpho 5:37

Ireland 49 Georgia 7 This was always the worry. Even the All Blacks, having been completely redesigned for yesterday’s narrow escape in Murrayf(...)

Darren Cave in action during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Friday. The Ulster centre has been named in the side to play Georgia on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:55

In from the cold comes Darren Cave, despite losing his centre berth at Ulster to Jared Payne this season, while Munster lock Dave Foley and Leinster f(...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock makes a break for the tryline with the support of Paul O’Connell during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 After the biffing and boshing Ireland took in the second quarter, the 6-3 lead looked a little flimsy and there we(...)