Jamie Heaslip dejected after Leinster’s 19-16 defeat away to Bath in the European Rugby Champions Cup second round at weekend. Province is now 33/1 to win pool. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The opening skirmishes do not exactly portray the Guinness Pro12 in a particularly favourable light. Six defeats out of six games against Top 14 and P(...)

Bath drive over on their way to a penalty try in their European Champions Cup victory over Leinster at the Recreation Ground, Bath, on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The numbers brook no argument. Leinster conceded seven penalties at the scrum, according to the official figures, one of which was adjudged to merit a(...)

Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Champions Cup match between Bath and Leinster at the Recreation Ground on November 21st, 2015 in Bath, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Ford, the former Irish and English defensive coach who is now proving quite a dab hand at the attacking stuff in his guise as head coach at upwa(...)

Leo Cullen after the Bath game: “I would ask the fans just to be patient and to come out and back the team on Friday.”   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen has implored the Leinster supporters to be patient in the aftermath of another grim weekend for his team. Having lost their opening (...)

Jonathan Sexton  reacts after Leinster lose their  lineout  in the final stages of the Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen has asked supporters to remain patient with his side despite a second Champions Cup defeat in a week. Crushed 33-6 at h(...)

Charles Piutau scores in the dying minutes against Leinster in the European Champions Cup match at the RDS.Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The stakes are high for Leinster today. Following on from their alarmingly limp defeat at home to Wasps last Sunday, another loss today in Bath would (...)

Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen: “There are areas we can fix that are very much in our control.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The mental torment of last Sunday’s 33-6 defeat to Wasps has been exacerbated by a physical tariff ahead of tomorrow’s Champions Cup pool match agains(...)

Leinster backrow forward faces up to 10 weeks of the sidelines after breaking a bone in a  foot. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Leo Cullen must plan without Seán O’Brien, Richard Strauss, Mike McCarthy and now Jack Conan for Saturday’s trip to Bath in round two o(...)

Charles Piutau runs at the Leinster defence. Piutau is one of a number of excellent signings made by Wasps in the summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sport being a business, the first thing that came to mind after Sunday’s game at the RDS was Dai Young had the opposite pre-season experience to Le(...)