Leinster player Dave Kearney receives treatment in the first minute of the game after being upended by Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Dave Kearney and Eoin Reddan are likely to miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations title defence after suffering injuries as Leinster squeaked through(...)

Fergus McFadden scores Leinster’s opening try in the European Champions Cup Pool Two game against Wasps at the  Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20Having led 20-6 lead at half-time, at which point they should have been out of sight, Leinster let slip that winning platform to s(...)

Matt O’Connor could have been forgiven a wry smile last Saturday night. Whereas Ulster and Munster had conceded 93 points between them in exiting the (...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin in action last Saturday. The province seems to have more access to private backing than its Irish counterparts. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

And then there was one, so thank heavens for Leinster. In fact, one could go further, and give praise to Glasgow too, given these are ominous times fo(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in training and “improving every day” according to skills coach Richie Murphy. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster face a decision on Tuesday on whether to register prop Cian Healy or flanker Seán O’Brien for their final pool match in the European Champio(...)

Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy are in line to make their returns from injury against London Wasps at the weekend. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Leinster hope that Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien will be fit for their final European Champions Cup pool match against Wasps this week. The Irish loose(...)

Seán Cronin goes over to score Leinster’s fourth try in the European Champions Cup match against Castres at the RDS. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 50 Castres 8No worries, Leinster are the only Irish province still breathing European Champions Cup oxygen. The grumblers, whose din had been(...)

Chris Henry wears jacket 425, shirt 160, twill trousers 135. Simon Zebo wears Bomber jacket 445, shirt 95, jeans 135. Jamie Heaslip wears Jacket 375, shirt 115, jeans 125. Photograph: Sean Jackson

Whether scrumhalves or flankers, they are built like tanks these days. Irish rugby stars are top athletes in prime condition, strong and ferociousl(...)