Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy, Jimmy Gopperth and Seán O’Brien at the launch of the new Leinster European Shirt. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Filling the considerable void left by Jonathan Sexton was never going to be easy, but as debut seasons go, Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth has good reaso(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll of Leinster, in the last match of his career, is carried by Ian Madigan and Cian Healy after winning the Pro 12 trophy with victory over Glasgow  at the RDS.  Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images 1:50

Sport doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t know what you did or what you meant. It couldn’t be less interested in what you want. We came to Ballsbrid(...)

Leinster players celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:50

Leinster 34 Glasgow 12People leave but Leinster stay the same. Jimmy Gopperth and Zane Kirchner, signed with the unenviable tasks of replacing club ic(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Sam Windsor share a laugh at Leinster training in UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Professional sports folk love controlling those pesky controllables. It’s, like, their thing. So when Matt O’Connor was presented with a number of (...)

Fergus McFadden hopes to improve on his kicking to add to his skill set. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By his own admission Fergus McFadden might have scored more tries this season. But the Leinster and Irish winger, who was selected to travel to Argent(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson during an Ireland squad training session at Carton House last November.

Spondylolysis has reopened the Test window for Ian Madigan. Paddy Jackson joined up with the Ireland squad for this week’s two-day camp in Dublin but(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the announcement of the squad to tour Argentina next month. Photograph: Inpho

As ever with Joe Schmidt, there were perfectly rational arguments for all his selections yesterday and one can be absolutely sure the merits of every (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan bursts for the line to score the only try in  semi-final against Ulster on Saturday at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leinster 13 Ulster 9When you know how to win, you know how to win. Serial winners at the business end of the season, Leinster rolled up their sleeves (...)

Ian Madigan goes over for the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the  RDS. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 13 Ulster 9: Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect Pr(...)

Rated as doubtful earlier in the week, Mike McCarthy could yet feature for Leinster against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final. Photograph:Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whereas Ulster are expected to be strengthened by the return of Ruan Pienaar and Rory Best, Leinster’s hand has been weakened by the loss of Richardt (...)