Josh van der Flier runs in for his side’s try during the European Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bath 19 Leinster 16 Rejuvenated by their Kiwi contingent, there was no shame in losing this game to a 77th minute penalty. Mentally and physica(...)

Jonathan Sexton with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at squad training. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS BT Sport Europe, Saturday 1pm Leo Cullen may see Wasps as the first real challenge of his coaching career with Leinster. He kn(...)

 David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

Acting skipper Jamie Heaslip was left to rue Ireland’s slow start in their World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Inpho

Acting captain Jamie Heaslip admitted Ireland gave themselves too much to do as a dismal start saw them eliminated from the World Cup by Argentina. T(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe in action against France in last week’s final pool stage match at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Accentuate the heavy toll then highlight those who remain. With Paul O’Connell under the knife, Peter O’Mahony forced home and Seán O’Brien wanderi(...)

Johnny Sexton has been named in the starting line-up for Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final date with Argentina. Photograph: PA

Johnny Sexton has been named in the Ireland team to play Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. Sexton was for(...)

Jonathan Sexton: reportedly  worked his adductor at training in Sofia Gardens and  ran 3.5km. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A purgatorial day in Cardiff city centre. Sexton watch is well under way. He worked his adductor at training in Sofia Gardens and reportedly ran 3.5km(...)

Cian Healy being put through his paces at the Ireland squad’s training session at Surrey Sports Park, Guidford, Surrey.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The old maxim that you wouldn’t want to have a limp around here certainly applies to the Irish squad. While the news of Rob Kearney’s strained glute (...)

Rob Kearney is a doubt for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup fixture against Italy after he suffered a gluteal strain after scoring his side’s fifth try in the 44-10 win over Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Henshaw will return to full training on Tuesday and is expected to start at inside centre for Ireland against Italy next Sunday but Rob Kearney(...)

Cian Healy is set to start for Ireland against Romania at Wembley on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Cian Healy is expected to start for Ireland against Romania on Sunday at Wembley stadium. The 28 year old, who surpassed fellow loosehead prop Nick P(...)