The opening weekend of the World Cup saw the TMO in use 25 times in eight games, a rate that has thankfully slowed down since. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There is a particular focus on discipline under Joe Schmidt. Giving up penalties results in lost territory, lost points and lost games. With 17 penalt(...)

Marty Moore has returned to fitness and is available for Leinster’s home game against Dragons at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster coach Leo Cullen has received a considerable boost ahead of their return to Guinness Pro12 action this weekend with news that Ireland interna(...)

Leinster flanker Kevin McLaughlin has been forced to retire at just 31. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster Rugby and the IRFU have announced that backrow Kevin McLaughlin is to retire from rugby on medical grounds. Having sustained a concussion in (...)

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(...)