Ronan O’Gara kicks a late drop goal to beat Wales and clinch the Grand Slam for Ireland in 2011. Photo: Inpho

Former Ireland, Munster and Lions fly-half Ronan O’Gara will be inducted into the Irupa Hall of Fame, after being selected for the honour by a panel o(...)

Ben Te’o: the player earned respect from his Leinster team-mates over how he adapted to rugby union. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ben Te’o takes three steps through the door and lands on his seat. Last time doing media? he is asked. “I think it will be unless Guy [Easterby] sign(...)

Leinster prop Marty Moore is close to a return from injury. Photograph: Inpho

Pretty much in a good place, says Girvan Dempsey about his squad’s recovering bodies. A little light shines on Leinster then this week. Dempsey’s s(...)

Gordon D’Arcy celebrates a try against Munster in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. “It was  as seamless a performance as Leinster have ever produced.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby has changed but Leinster versus Munster has a permanency to it. Even considering all that’s happened in recent seasons, it should still be the g(...)

Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey remains confident Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien will regain the performance and fitness levels that allowed them play such(...)

Luke Fitzgerald could return for Leinster’s trip to play Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald is fully training and expected to feature as Leinster seek to remove Connacht from top of the Pro 12 at the Sportsground this Saturday(...)

Leinster’s frontrow forward Peter Dooley in action against Scarlets last October in the Guinness Pro12. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Peter Dooley’s rugby career has been shaped, literally and figuratively, by a number of individuals including Seá n O’Brien, Gerry Murphy, Daniel Dav(...)

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(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Guilhem Guirado tackle Rob Kearney of Leinster in last year’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final. Toulon are second favourites to win their fourth Cup in a row. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For better or for worse, the European Champions Cup is upon us again. The hangover in European rugby still lingers after the World Cup amid general ru(...)