Connacht’s Kieran Marmion breaks free to score his sides opening try against Leinster at the Showgrounds last September. Photo: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Over the next fortnight Irish rugby’s internecine rivalries won’t be for the squeamish as provincial bloodletting is disputed ferociously, in pursuit(...)

Dave Kearney will start on the left wing for Leinster for the Pro12 game against Connacht at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes, including five in the pack, for their return to the Guinness Pro12 for Friday night’s interpro cl(...)

France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina on the charge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

March 15th 2014 – Stade de France, Paris.The wonder is when not if it will happen. Ireland lead 22-20 as the seconds tick away. Not again. France refu(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

Leinster’s most effective ball-carrier Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster remain the great survivors but greatness departed with Johnny Sexton in the summer of 2013. That short-sighted error continues to haunt the M(...)

Jamie Heaslip clenches his fist on the full time whistle as Leinster see off Harlequins 14-13 at the Aviva Stadium 5:01

Leinster 14 Harlequins 13It was a grim, a dour arm wrestle, for large tranches devoid of imagination, wit, subtlety, and anything that might resemble (...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip cut an unusually frustrated figure after this Champions Cup defeat. Echoing the words of his coach Matt O’Connor, Heas(...)

 Harlequins’ Aseli Tikoirotuma breaks against Leinster at the Stoop. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Harlequins 24 Leinster 18Leinster took the bare minimum from The Stoop after being caught cold by two tries in quick succession from Harlequins in the(...)

Jerry Flannery is enjoying being back at Munster. ‘I’m only in the door and I’m lucky that I trust the guys around me so much because I know them so well,’ he says. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jerry Flannery loved being a player. Best job in the world. At 36 he could still be doing it but for the calf injuries that eventually forced him to r(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has been named in the Leinster side to play Harlequins at The Stoop on Sunday, with coach Matt O’Connor making 10 changes to his starting line up

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named a strong line up for Sunday's trip to The Stoop to play Harlequins, making 10 changes in total from the side(...)