Belvedere College  players celebrate in front of their fans after beating Blackrock College to win the 2005 Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

“Belvedere fuelled by inner belief”, was the headline in The Irish Times on March 18th, 2005. They had plenty of that, and needed it to beat Blackrock(...)

Luke Fitzgerald: “I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m happy, I think I’m playing well.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Delighted to be back playing after 10 increasingly frustrating months on the sideline, and to be finding a run of form as well as regaining his place(...)

Wasps duo Andy Goode and Christian  tangle with Leinster’s  Luke Fitzgerald   during the European Rugby Champions Cup game  at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Luke Fitzgerald believes none of Europe’s big guns will want to face Leinster in a Champions Cup quarter-final – home or away.The Leinster centre’s de(...)

Fergus McFadden scores Leinster’s opening try in the European Champions Cup Pool Two game against Wasps at the  Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20Having led 20-6 lead at half-time, at which point they should have been out of sight, Leinster let slip that winning platform to s(...)

Matt O’Connor could have been forgiven a wry smile last Saturday night. Whereas Ulster and Munster had conceded 93 points between them in exiting the (...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy is nearing a return. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian Healy is poised to feature for the Ireland Wolfhounds against the England Saxons at Musgrave Park on Friday week.Despite a shortage of loosehead(...)

It’s hard to escape the notion that Madigan isn’t fully trusted to manage a game while Gopperth’s place-kicking can be a little bit ropey at times and so both are accommodated. It’s seems a trifle unfair to both players. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Statistics are the lampposts of sporting analysis serving to illuminate or lean on and are often exhibited by the creator in the same manner that pro(...)

Matt O’Connor has names his Leinster side to face Castres Olympique at the RDS tomorrow, with Jamie Heaslip returning to skipper the team from number (...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip in action against Harlequins’ Matt Hopper at the Aviva Stadium in December. Heaslip has recovered from a shoulder injury and is fit to face Castres. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It drew a self-conscious grin from Jamie Heaslip. The Leinster player, who rarely gets injured, sat beside his coach Mat O’Connor and had the good gra(...)