CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Seán O’Brien: ready to fill the void left by Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New championship, new challenge, new captain and even something of a new dawn. Ireland enter unchartered territory in the Six Nations, their first wit(...)

Leinster and Ireland’s Luke Fitzgerald during last month’s Pro12 clash with Cardiff. Photo: Simon King/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald will miss the RBS 6 Nations after suffering a “fairly innocuous but very unfortunate” knee ligament injury. The Leinster three-quarte(...)

Luke Fitzgerald is set to miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign after suffering medial ligament damage to his left knee. Photograph:   Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Luke Fitzgerald is set to miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign after suffering suspected medial ligament damage in his left knee during Friday’s open t(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wasps 51 Leinster 10 Twelve months since Johnny Sexton was stood down for 12 weeks by neurologist Dr Jean-François Cherman, concussion has revisited (...)

“We can’t afford to just throw Josh van der Flier (above), Gary Ringrose, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and promising Munster flanker Jack O’Donoghue into the Test match arena.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Talent will never be enough on its own. What characteristics are needed to make it as a professional rugby player? Bravery, naturally, and certain phy(...)

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong during training yesterday. Joe Schmidt’s side face Bath in the Champions Cup this weekend. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

While Leinster believe there is an onus on them to compete in this week’s dead rubber against Bath for league momentum, Joe Schmidt will keep a wary(...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match as Leinster moved to the top of the Pro 12 table with a 9-22 win away at the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

Ospreys 9 Leinster 22 Jonathan Sexton was back to his imperious best as he won his personal duel with Dan Biggar to help send Leinster top of the Gui(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls battles for possession with Ulster’s Iain Henderson at the Kingspan Stadium last May. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster embark upon an unusually lengthy as well as defining three weeks of European Cup rugby this weekend. Saturday brings their re-scheduled fixtur(...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway are upended during the sides’ Pro12 clash in Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At half-time Munster had 96 carries to Leinster’s 44, but the score was 7-10 in Leinster’s favour. The wind had a hand in this, as did Munster’s miss (...)