Matt Giteau was voted best player in France last season as Toulon won the Top 14 and Heineken Cup double. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/ AFP/Getty Images

As the cards fell badly this week for Paddy Jackson and his international career, the arrival of Toulon and Matt Giteau to Belfast seems freighted wit(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has been picked by Leinster to play against Castres. It is the Irish winger’s first outing since March of this year. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

In a bitter sweet selection meeting for Matt O’Connor fullback Rob Kearney and tighthead prop Mike Ross have lost their race to be fit for Leinster(...)

Forward momentum: Munster outhalf Ian Keatley has been named in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad. Photograph: Inpho

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 Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

Rugby pundit Brent Pope is launching a clothing range in Arnotts.

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Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Robin Copeland compete during the recent Guinness Pro12 clash. The stakes will be raised this weekend as the two sides face English teams in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

New name, new organisers, new format, new TV deals, new trophies ... but essentially it’s still the European Cup. The European Champions Cup may have (...)

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth is tackled by Munster’s Andrew Smith and Paul O’Connell during the recent clash at the Aviva Stadium. ‘Choosing Gopperth over Madigan is a conservative route to go down, in my opinion.’ Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster have been so good for so long it’s only natural any bit of a wobble will make people wonder are they in trouble. Nothing causes supporters to(...)

Seán Cronin in Pro12 action against Cardiff. “Everyone has come in today. It’s European week and there’s a certain edge about the place. It’s a big week,” he says. Photograph: Inpho

It hasn’t been the character of Leinster in recent years to have to hope for an 80-minute performance. European games beg greater certainty. But, so (...)

 Leinster’s Martin Moore and Michael Bent. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster played down their frontrow problems after disappointing news emerged on prop Martin Moore, who injured his shoulder at the weekend in the Pro(...)

Ian Madigan gets to grips with Zebre’s Samuela Vunisa. Photograph: Francesca Soli/Reuters
Leinster get the job done in Italy
  • Pro12
  • October 11, 2014, 17:36

Zebre 3 Leinster 20 Leinster got their Pro12 campaign back on track with a hard-earned victory over a determined Zebre side at at Stadio XXV Ap(...)