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(...)

Bath’s Stuart Hooper tries to get to grips with Cian Healy during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leinster 18 Bath 15 You could almost reach out and bite the tension during a taut, fraught endgame and so the natives will remain a little res(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip and Matt O’Connor are hapy with the performance of their scrum in the win over Bath. Photo: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 3:19

Relief was etched on Matt O'Connor's face after a storming finish from Bath and disciplined defending from Leinster allowed him just the faintest o(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Devin Toner during the European Champions Cup victory against Bath. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 3:19

Leinster 18 Bath 15 Much ado about nothing really. Leinster instinctively know what’s needed to win a European quarter-final. They have done it(...)

Jamie Heaslip during Leinster’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s hard not to over-play the importance of this fixture. Leinster’s season looks to be distilled into 80 minutes. Dip into their undoubted European (...)

Jonathan Joseph burst onto the international scene in this season’s Six Nations Championship, finishing it as the top try scorer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some sporting cross-pollination as a child is often the genesis for exceptional athletes. Jonathan Joseph sashayed his way through the Six Nations Cha(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor speaks during a press conference in UCD. Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

What are Leinster going to do against Bath, Matt O’Connor was asked. It seemed a simple enough question. Were they going to give the Premiership side (...)

Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Sam Burgess will start, with Peter Stringer to feature at scrumhalf, as Bath intend to use every arrow in their quiver to stop Leinster in the Champio(...)

Bath prop Kane Palma-Newport catches the ball during training session at Farleigh House in Bath ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford believes his Test stars will “play with courage” when they return to the scene of England’s Six Nations demise in Saturday’s Cham(...)

Bath coach Mike Ford encourages his side to have a go from anywhere on the field, an approach that brought them a bonus-point victory in Toulouse in the pool stage. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The last time Bath came to the Aviva Stadium they were beaten 52-27 by a Leinster side which would go on to retain the Heineken Cup three seasons ago.(...)