Darragh Fanning scores a try for Leinster as they come back to beat Wasps in their  European  Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Leinster merely won a must-win match to launch their latest European campaign, and there was merit and satisfaction to be(...)

 Wasps’ Christian Wade scores a a winger’s try despite the attention of Leinster’s Zane Kirchner and Darragh Fanning.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho 2:07

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Seán Cronin pounded into the Wasps 22, the hooker playing centre in the mould of Mathieu Bastareaud. The position from where insp(...)

Leinster’s Michael Bent scrums down against Munster’s Stephen Archer. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Pool Two: Leinster v Wasps RDS, Sunday, 5.15pm, BT Sport The return to Europe does not find Leinster in the rudest of health, on the pitch at(...)

Joe Launchbury, who replaces the injured Geoff Parling in the third test against the All Backs, catches the ball during the England captain’s run at the Waikato Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s prospects of departing New Zealand with a precious All Blacks scalp have dwindled after Geoff Parling was ruled out of the climax to the ser(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 play-off semi-final at the RDS earlier this month.

Greatest compliment that can be offered to Devin Toner is nobody laments the departure of Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn, or even the imminent retiremen(...)

 Jordi Murphy: “It’s always the ultimate test against Munster.”

When Jordi Murphy heard his name called out on that Tuesday morning he matter-of-factly accepted a reality that had been a childhood dream (at (...)

Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (left) looks on during the Six Nations clash against  England. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

In the week of the Oscars perhaps there’s a bit of scope to borrow an analogy or two from the film world in pouring over the r(...)

England’s Danny Care goes over for England’s winning  try during the Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters 2:11

England 13 Ireland 10: By the smallest of margins are such games decided. Today, (...)

Chris Ashton of England has been dropped for the opening Six Nations fixture against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have dropped Chris Ashton for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in favour of uncapped Exeter wing Jack Nowell. Ashton was selected (...)

New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)