Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Leinster prop forward Jack McGrath is tackled by Cedric Garcia during yesterday’s match in the south of France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Caster 16 Leinster 21 It’s easy in the cheap seats, and they were also a lot cooler than a battleground bathed in 20-degree sunshine, but as (...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip in action against Castres in European Rugby Champions Cup. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

To again roll their sleeves up and come from behind reflects well on the undoubted spirit within the Leinster squad, and will also have given them ge(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Castres’ Richie Gray during the European Rugby Champions Cup game at   Stade Pierre Antoine. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip admitted his side made it hard on themselves in claiming back to back victories in the European Rugby Champions Cup as (...)

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(...)

The 22-year-old captain, Michael Hooper is one of a number of Australia players coached by Cheika at club level. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

An apocryphal tale: Leinster coach Michael Cheika arrives for his post match briefing. “ Yes,” he says “the team did really well. We took our c(...)

Darragh Fanning scores a try for Leinster as they come back to beat Wasps in their  European  Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Leinster merely won a must-win match to launch their latest European campaign, and there was merit and satisfaction to be(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan goes over in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 2:07

Maintaining a recurring theme from the opening weekend of the European Champions Cup, Leinster began brightly against English opposition, lost their w(...)

 Wasps’ Christian Wade scores a a winger’s try despite the attention of Leinster’s Zane Kirchner and Darragh Fanning.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho 2:07

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Seán Cronin pounded into the Wasps 22, the hooker playing centre in the mould of Mathieu Bastareaud. The position from where insp(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip speaking to the press at UCD, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In weeks like these players like Jamie Heaslip talk about their positions and hold them steady. No wavering. Wasps visit will test many parts of th(...)