Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan was man of the match against Edinburgh. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

It may have been a season of under-achievement for Leinster but the former European champions made sure of finishing their campaign on a winning note (...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid breaks free to score a try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at   Murrayfield. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

Edinburgh 23 Leinster 36 Edinburgh’s hopes of playing in the European Champions Cup next season were snuffed out when they lost 36-23 to a work(...)

Jordi Murphy: “I can’t imagine not being in Europe but we know that we have it in our hands and we’ve got to make sure that we are.” Photo:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Injuries notwithstanding, Leinster won’t have any external player management issues ahead of Friday night’s penultimate Guinness Pro12 game against Be(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has played 663 minutes for Leinster in the Pro12 this season, 41.4% of the total 1,600. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When measured by the number of minutes played, at least half a dozen of Leinster’s frontline players have not been playing for their province during (...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor speaking to the press ahead of his side’s Pro12 clash with Ulster in Ravenhill. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Matt O’Connor believes the Ireland player management scheme has contributed to Leinster’s perilous position in the Pro 12.Lose to Ulster on Friday and(...)

Toulon’s Ali Williams pleads his innocence after being sin-binned during the Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster in Marseille. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The slow walk of the vanquished team from the dressing-room to the awaiting team bus in the bowels of a stadium has rarely been made more bitterly. L(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores the extra-time try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 25 Leinster 20 (aet; 12-12 after 80 minutes) True to their word, Leinster fought the good fight. For 80 minutes of regulation time and a(...)