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(...)

Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I must admit to being slightly sceptical at the robust and uniform manner in which the Leinster players defended Matt O’Connor over the past season. T(...)

Cian Kelleher of Lansdowne (right). He and Clontarf’s Collie O’Shae are named on the squad to take on Barbarians on Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The overlap in the rugby lives of Cian Kelleher and Collie O’Shea represent a curious collision of circumstances over the past several weeks. The two (...)

Former Australia  coach Robbie Deans: flattered to be linked with the Leinster role, but  the timeline does not suit.  Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach job, despite admitting it is one of the most attractive positions in ru(...)

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 (...)

Josh Matavesi celebrates his match winning try against Munster in the Pro 12 semi-final - which moments later was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Inpho

Heartbreak Decision of The Year Award: Josh Matavesi gets to do the honours here. He can hand the gong to Nigel Owen for noticing something was up bef(...)

Matt O’Connor was popular among the players but he must have felt like David Moyes as Leinster season went awry. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Akin to David Moyes replacing Alex Ferguson, succeeding Joe Schmidt at Leinster was always going to be the toughest of acts to follow. Next man in, à (...)

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans: his odds shortened rapidly from 17-2 to 1-4 before steadying at 8-15 overnight with Paddy Power,  suggesting he may be Leinster’s preferred choice. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Wallabies’ head coach Robbie Deans has emerged as the front-runner to become the next Leinster head coach in succession to(...)

If Leinster had progressed in the Champions Cup against Toulon it’s unlikely this would have been the season’s outcome. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Leinster took the decision to release Matt O’Connor from his position as head coach with the province, they’d have done so with a heavy heart.(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor has been let go by the Irish province. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Matt O’Connor has been let go as Leinster coach following a couple of meetings during the week. The Australian was two years into a three year contrac(...)