Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in 2014: Ruddock said will it be a good challenge to play against Stander. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Players will tell you they don’t overburden themselves concentrating on their opposite numbers. Believing in their own ability, Conor Murray won’t fre(...)

Niyi Adeolokun and James Connolly celebrate after the Connacht’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 Connacht’s slim 7-0 lead turning into the fierce wind whipping in off the Bohermore end looked an even flimsier buffer when Ian(...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Cian Healy: will be hoping to  enjoy the milestone of his 150th appearance for Leinster. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster v Ospreys, RDS, Saturday (3pm, Sky Sports 1) There’s a perception that the Ospreys are something of a bogey team for Leinster, one that ca(...)

Cian Healy helps make up an all new Leinster front row this weekend. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made seven changes to his team to take on the Ospreys on Saturday in the RDS Arena - following last Sunday’s bonus (...)

Leinster scrumhalf  Luke McGrath is tackled during the Guinness Pro 12 match at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in  Parma. Photograph:   Francesca Soli/Inpho

Zebre 10 Leinster 27 When Jordi Murphy emptied former All Black Mils Muliaina in the opening minute it may have come from the frustration of being in(...)

Mick Kearney starts for Leinster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

With the core of his squad away on international duty Leo Cullen has named a relatively inexperienced side for Sunday’s trip to play Zebre. With Co(...)

Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

James Tracy and Dominic Ryan take part in Leinster Rugby Squad Training, Rosemount, UCD 25th January. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Amidst a Monday morning of further exodus, an interminably long injury list and a concussive non-concussion, the stain from Leinster’s record defeat i(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock has been selected to partner Devon Toner at secondrow for the trip to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wasps v Leinster,  Saturday, Ricoh Arena, 3.15 (Live BT Sports 2) It’s a Leinster team drawn in the image of both Joe Schmidt and Leo Cullen a(...)