Andy Goode of Wasps misses a drop goal in the last minute  to win the game. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20 Rarely will an away draw to secure qualification for the last eight have felt so hollow, even if yesterday’s events woul(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Fergus McFadden tries to offload to a team-mate as Castres’ Scottish lock Richie Gray arrives to wrap him up in a tackle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Finally, Leinster show their true selves. Maybe it was the return of Fergus McFadden or the superb showing by Jordi Murphy or just a collective bloody(...)

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(...)

It’s hard to escape the notion that Madigan isn’t fully trusted to manage a game while Gopperth’s place-kicking can be a little bit ropey at times and so both are accommodated. It’s seems a trifle unfair to both players. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Statistics are the lampposts of sporting analysis serving to illuminate or lean on and are often exhibited by the creator in the same manner that pro(...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Jim Hamilton and Brad Barritt of Saracens at Thomond Park last October.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

They don’t hand out winners medals in January but there will be a few losers medals this weekend. The stark reality for the Irish provinces on the pen(...)

Matt O’Connor has names his Leinster side to face Castres Olympique at the RDS tomorrow, with Jamie Heaslip returning to skipper the team from number (...)

In selections which are likely to have interesting implications for Joe Schmidt and the Irish management, Leinster are set to opt for Jimmy Gopperth (...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid scores his side’s first try against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park. Photograph: Ian Cook / Inpho

Cardiff Blues 13 Leinster 22After a largely forgettable first half of the season for Leinster, the New Year has brought a rejuvenated look to the reig(...)