Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

James Tracy and Dominic Ryan take part in Leinster Rugby Squad Training, Rosemount, UCD 25th January. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Amidst a Monday morning of further exodus, an interminably long injury list and a concussive non-concussion, the stain from Leinster’s record defeat i(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock has been selected to partner Devon Toner at secondrow for the trip to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wasps v Leinster,  Saturday, Ricoh Arena, 3.15 (Live BT Sports 2) It’s a Leinster team drawn in the image of both Joe Schmidt and Leo Cullen a(...)

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne in full flight against Leicester Tigers: came through the Munster academy from the 2011-2012 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s recent Champions Cup victory over Bath at the RDS offered a glowing testimonial to the province’s academy, given the handsome contribution (...)

 Rory Best  runs at Simone Favaro of Italy during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “To now captain Ireland going into the Six Nations is a massive thing for me and my family.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Spare a thought for Rory Best. There is probably no harder task than to succeed Paul O’Connell as captain, who had effectively succeeded Brian O’Drisc(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier impressed in both Champions Cup games against Toulon. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Josh van der Flier is unflinching in appraising his performances. His honesty, attention to detail and willingness to pore over the video analysis com(...)

Johnny Sexton tackles Ma’a Nonu during Leinster’s Champions Cup defeat to Toulon at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 16 Toulon 20 The other week Leinster had a bad time. Thrashed about on the French Riviera, a mere six days later they morphed into enforcers(...)

Jack McGrath has been favoured in the Leinster frontrow to Cian Healy, who will be on the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As dead rubbers go, this is not actually a dud. For starters, technically speaking Leinster’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages for the 11th t(...)

Ian Madigan: Of the remaining provincially contracted players, he is the player Leinster are most at risk of losing. Photograph: RyanByrne/Inpho

Leinster could do with a win on Saturday for many reasons. While, realistically, it may not sufficiently atone for previous misdeeds and lead to qual(...)