Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip directs play during their European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER Rob Kearney Age: 29 Height: 1.85m/6ft 1in Weight: 95kg/14st 13lb Delon Armitage provides a similar aerial threat to Israel Fol(...)

Seán Cronin and Rob Kearney raise their arms in truumph as Leinster overcome Clermont 19-15 in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If there has been one outstanding high point in Leinster’s storied European Cup history, it is probably their epic semi-final win over Clermont in Bor(...)

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(...)

Forwards coach Leo Cullen at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Lest we forget, Leinster are one win away from a fourth European Champions Cup final and do have some pedigree, winning their last three semi-finals. (...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is set to return for the European Champions Cup semi final. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Leinster must do without the world class second row - a Brad Thorn or Nathan Hines - that has traditionally played a fundamental role in them reaching(...)

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 (...)

Ian Madigan kicks for goal in Leinster’s European Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Bath. He landed six from six on the day. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

“Yes,” says Ian Madigan. The Leinster goal-kicker is talking about the loneliest place on the planet just behind the tee. All eyes are watching. All (...)

Rory McIlroy walks alongside his caddie Niall Horan of the band One Direction during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the  Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • April 9, 2015, 08:00

Golf: It’s Masters time It’s the second weekend in April and for golf fans and sports fans in general that means the Masters. And this year(...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden was knocked out by Kyle Eastmond’s tackle during their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

One of rugby’s windfalls has been that with the increased power being transferred around the pitch from body to body, the game’s idea of manliness ha(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)