Leinster’s Kevin McLaughlin: “Every opportunity I get now to play I’m going to be unbelievably hungry.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Kevin McLaughlin will have relished every thumping collision, each one an affirmation that a second shoulder reconstruction surgery process and the t(...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

Kevin McLaughlin will captain Leinster during the World Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both Marty Moore and Tadhg Furlong have been ruled out of Leinster’s pre-season match against Ulster in Belfast on Friday. Moore is still expected to (...)

Key men: Aidan O’Shea offers Mayo a new attacking dimension while Cian O’Sullivan is Dublin’s designated sweeper. Photograph: Inpho

Watching the images of Galway’s victory in the hurling semi-final brought to mind the similarities between their perennial quest for All-Ireland fulfi(...)

Mayo beat rivals Galway in front of a packed Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Positional sense Pearse Stadium on Sunday was in grand shape: sunshine and 20,000 on site for a decently contested championship encounter in what the (...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is challenged by Toulon’s Bryan Habana during the  Champions Cup semi-final match  at Stade Vélodrome  in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland and Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he will undergo surgery to his fractured right thumb on (...)

From left, Glasgow Warriors’ Tommy Seymour, Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan, Leinster’s Kevin McLaughlin, holding the Pro12 trophy, Ospreys’ Tyler Ardron and Ulster’s Rory Best  at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The gathering at the Kingspan Stadium was about promoting the Guinness Pro12’s run-in and the Belfast final, but there was no avoiding the European Ch(...)

Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

Tommy Walsh finds his way blocked by Mayo’s Donal Vaughan as the All-Ireland champions lost to Mayo in Killarney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 0-10 Mayo 2-11 The sunsine bounced off the frozen Reeks, as Fitzgerald Stadium hosted opening day in this year’s Allianz Football League.(...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)