Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Leinster head coach, Matt O’Connor with Jamie Heaslip: “We need to go to the Stoop with a plan to get a result. We need to win the game,” said the coach.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not often a meeting with Matt O’Connor and Jamie Heaslip takes a turn towards doctrines and ideology. But the Leinster coach was in a discursive (...)

Australia   coach Michael Cheika takes training at Blackrock. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika the hobo, the Pat Garrett of rugby union is back in town. As he was for Leinster by 2009 he became for the Waratahs this season; a coa(...)

Jonathan Sexton in action for Ireland against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in 2012. Photograph: Inpho

Last week, Johnny Sexton played for Racing Metro in their European Champions Cup game against Treviso in Italy, flew back to Paris that night, flew to(...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Ireland ‘s Devin Toner and Iain Henderson comes out for the Captain’s Run past soldiers at the Estadio Centenario, Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

FIRST TEST Argentina v Ireland Estadio Centenario, today, 7.40pm Sky Sports 1 The Ireland squad made their half-hour trek across the bridge(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: repeats his assertion that developing a player of Heineken Cup/Test standard takes time, and without Jamie Heaslip and Seán O’Brien “you would lose the transitional pieces”.  Photograph: Inpho

Mick Dawson is in his 13th year as chief executive of the Leinster Branch. In that time the organisation has undergone quite a transformation, from an(...)

 Paul O’Connell wins a line out during the Munster versus Leinster RaboDirect Pro12 game at Thomond Park last  Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saturday was more than a little sobering, whether watching events in Thomond Park in Limerick, Ellis Park in Johannesburg, or to finish it all off lat(...)

Israel Folau scored Australia’s try in The Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in Perth. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia 14 Argentina 13: Australia made hard work of it but snapped a four-match losing streak with a narrow one-point victory over Argentina to dra(...)