Rhys Ruddock makes his first start of the season in Leinster’s interprovincial clash against Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fergus McFadden will replace the injured Zane Kirchner on the right wing for Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 interprovincial clash with Connacht at the Show(...)

Luke Marshall at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Luke Marshall has had his problems. Concussion followed by concussion along with Gordon D’Arcy’s refusal to go quietly into the international wildern(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy could wear the number 13 jersey for Ireland acording to David Wallace. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy could prove Ireland boss Joe Schmidt’s surprise choice to succeed Brian O’Driscoll at outside centre.Ireland’s Kiwi coach must quickly s(...)

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie in Dublin with the “To Big To Miss” advertising board to promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: onEdition

This interview with Denis Hickie was to promote next year’s rugby World Cup in England and Wales. We met in the Central Hotel on Exchequer street. It (...)

Ulster’s Stuart Olding makes a break during the province’s Pro12 draw with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Wales, last Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

There were no more pleasing sights on the opening weekend of the Guinness Pro 12 than that of Stuart Olding gliding and stepping and carving his way t(...)

Shane Jennings arrives for pre-season training at the Leinster rugby squad session in University College Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The pressure is already on Leinster to kick-start their season at home to the Scarlets this Saturday and, helpfully, some of their top Irish internati(...)

 Connacht  players Robbie Henshaw, former All Blacks ace  Mils Muliaina and Fionn Carr model  this season’s jersey, sponsored by   Life Style Sports. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Already the decision of Robbie Henshaw to remain in Connacht seems justified on a number of fronts, not least with the arrival of Mils Muliaina.Muliai(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: expanding his empire

Gordon D’Arcy, famed for his prowess at some oddball sport or other, hit the headlines recently when the Exchequer gastropub in which he has a stake (...)

 Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy, Jimmy Gopperth and Seán O’Brien at the launch of the new Leinster European Shirt. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Filling the considerable void left by Jonathan Sexton was never going to be easy, but as debut seasons go, Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth has good reaso(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy, Seán O’Brien and Jimmy Gopperth at the launch of the province’s new European kit. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With the start of the new campaign just over four weeks away, anticipation is rising amongst Matt O’Connor’s Leinster squad, as they seek to secure a(...)