Leinster flanker  Josh van der Flier stretches over to touch down for try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 30 Edinburgh 23 Leinster will be disappointed with a couple of the tries Edinburgh scored against them but they always had another gear in a(...)

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster in Saturday evening’s crunch Pro 12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium. In total Leo Cullen has made nine c(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in 2014: Ruddock said will it be a good challenge to play against Stander. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Players will tell you they don’t overburden themselves concentrating on their opposite numbers. Believing in their own ability, Conor Murray won’t fre(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o and Jeff Hassler of Ospreys in action during Saturday’s Pro12 game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Ospreys 16 Leinster’s defence saved this one for them. Leading 16-3 at halftime Ospreys came back in the second half and on a cold breezy(...)

 Jordi Murphy: “I suppose the best way to force my way into that picture is to play well this weekend.” Photo: Inpho

A series of niggling injuries, but nothing severe enough to have stopped him from playing has knocked Jordi Murphy out of the thinking of Joe Schmidt.(...)

Leinster scrumhalf  Luke McGrath is tackled during the Guinness Pro 12 match at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in  Parma. Photograph:   Francesca Soli/Inpho

Zebre 10 Leinster 27 When Jordi Murphy emptied former All Black Mils Muliaina in the opening minute it may have come from the frustration of being in(...)

Mick Kearney starts for Leinster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

With the core of his squad away on international duty Leo Cullen has named a relatively inexperienced side for Sunday’s trip to play Zebre. With Co(...)

Joe Schmidt: hoping for positive  news about Jared Payne  after Tuesday training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt should be in a position this afternoon to make a decision on his playing resources ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations Champions(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa scores his side’s try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Cardiff 13 Leinster 14 Leinster went top of the Guinness Pro12 for the first time this season thanks to a performance in which Isa Nacewa scored th(...)

Cian Healy lasted 70 minutes of Leinster’s 52-0 win over Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 52 Zebre 0 Only the most ardent Leinster pessimists believed this was a contest to decide winners and losers. The team sheets told as much b(...)