Seán O’Brien took a full part in Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble (shoulder), Simon Zebo (knee) and Johnny Sexton (shoulder) all sat out training at Carton House on Tuesday but are expected to train on(...)

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(...)

Fergus McFadden: “Feel good, play good, is my motto.” Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

IAN MADIGAN DOB: March 21st, 1989 Has your diet changed in the last five years, and if so how? “I was lucky that I was in the academy five yea(...)

“To have this opportunity to work with a very talented management and playing group really excites me,” said former England assistant coach Andy Farrell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andy Farrell will become Ireland’s new defence coach in time for the three-Test tour to South Africa in June after signing a four-year contract that (...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden tackles Sean O’Brien of Connacht during their Pro12 encounter. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden has received a three-week ban after being cited for an incident during his side’s Pro12 win over Connacht on New Year’s Day(...)

Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The injury prognosis for Leinster is reasonable as they conclude this segment of the Guinness Pro12 with a game against the Ospreys at the Liberty St(...)

Munster captain CJ Stander: qualifies for Ireland via the three-year residency rule. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster captain CJ Stander, having qualified via the three-year residency rule, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and 22-year-old Connacht lock Ultan Di(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)

Garry Ringrose: showed his undoubted quality in the win over  Munster at Thomond Park and has been tipped for stardom by the legendary Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Garry (Ringrose) was there and the space was there and he took off, it’s a simple enough one for me.” If only everyone saw rugby and could play the (...)

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose makes the break for Isa Nacewa’s early try in the Guinness Pro12 game at Thomond park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

We will get to the enduring brilliance of Seánie O’Brien but this story must begin at the weaving feet of Garry Ringrose. Andrew Conway might have (...)