Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: team selection features Leinster youngsters in centre Colm O’Shea and replacement winger Cian Kelleher. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland v Barbarians, Thomond Park, 7.45pm: At face value this looks like a bit of an end-of-season jaunt. Then again, with Joe Schmidt involved and t(...)

Ulster team mates Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar could face up against each other when Ireland play the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday night. Photograph: Inpho

Joe Schmidt and his coaching team have named their squad for Ireland’s friendly against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday night. With (...)

French national rugby union team coach Philippe Saint-Andre announces the names of the thirty-six players who will make up the French team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Thomas Sampson/AFP/Getty Images

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has omitted Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez and Racing Metro wing Teddy Thomas from a 36-man World Cup(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan was man of the match against Edinburgh. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

It may have been a season of under-achievement for Leinster but the former European champions made sure of finishing their campaign on a winning note (...)

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Leinster against Treviso in his final home match for the province. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Leinster 10, Treviso 0: As poor a season as witnessed since the move to fortress RDS ended in all too familiar fashion. If there were more food sta(...)

Gordon D’Arcy is named on the bench for Leinster. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ian Madigan returns to the Leinster team as one of five changes for their Pro12 clash with Treviso on Friday evening in the RDS. That means Gordon D’A(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has played 663 minutes for Leinster in the Pro12 this season, 41.4% of the total 1,600. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When measured by the number of minutes played, at least half a dozen of Leinster’s frontline players have not been playing for their province during (...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)