Leinster’s Ian Madigan says battle for places is intense. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

He is 26-years-old. By the time the next World Cup arrives he will be 30. There is no sense that Ian Madigan is panicking. He is over the first selec(...)

Ireland under-20 scrumhalf Charlie Rock makes a break during the seventh place play-off against Scotland at the World Rugby  under-20  Championships at  Zaffanella Stadium in Viadana. Photo: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Ireland 17 Scotland 9 Ireland under-20 coach Nigel Carolan says he expects many of this squad to go on and earn full caps in the years ahead and belie(...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Sean O’Brien returns to the Leinster starting line-up for Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster’s second row options have been further depleted by injury to Tom Denton. The Englishman’s bicep strain sees his place on the bench for Sun(...)

Shane Jennings will captain Leinster for Sunday’s Pro 12 fixture away at Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster boss Matt O’Connor has made 12 changes to the side which beat Bath to progress to the Champions Cup semi-final for Sunday’s Pro (...)

French referee Jérôme Garcès, who refereed Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of Scotland at Murrayfield last month, will take charge of Leinster’s Champions Cup game against Bath at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Jérôme Garcès will referee Leinster in the Champions Cup for the third time this season having previously officiated when the Irish province lost 24-1(...)

Jamie Heaslip captains Leinster in their Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster welcome back all of their Ireland Six Nations winners as Matt O’Connor makes nine changes from the side which drew with Glasgow for Saturday’(...)

Jordi Murphy is set to start for Leinster against Bath in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Matt O’Connor’s starting XV for Saturday’s season defining Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva stadium is taking shape.Mike Ross is(...)

Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)