John Plumtree during lineout throwing practice earlier this year. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

John Plumtree will leave his role as Ireland’s forwards coach after the summer tour of Argentina in order to be closer to his family in New Zealand. H(...)

 Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

The Stuart Hogg situation needed clearing up ahead of tomorrow’s Pro 12 final and Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend did just that.Hogg, Scotland’(...)

Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Quinn Roux will start alongside Devin Toner in the Leinster secondrow for Saturday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS after(...)

Sean O’Brien: will make his  first appearance since he suffered a shoulder injury  against Ulster in December when Leinster take on Edinburgh at the RDS Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There was some scepticism when Leinster coach Matt O’Connor said recently that Sean O’Brien was hoping to be available for Ireland’s tour to Argentina(...)

As Leinster applied the finishing touches to their playing roster for next season without disclosing how long each player has signed for, Johnny Sexto(...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath on is progression this season: “It’s about getting a run of games.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At this time of year during the tsunami of end of year awards, some of the gong winners slip by unnoticed. This week Leinster loosehead prop Jack McGr(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy is one of a number of senior players who have signed new contracts with Leinster. Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster have confirmed that 21 players have signed new contracts to continue playing with the province next season and beyond and that Dudley born, (...)

Bakkies Botha of Toulon will miss the Leinster game, as will Ali Williams. Photograph:  John Berry/Getty Images

Toulon will be without Ali Williams and Bakkies Botha for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30pm(...)

 Toulon outhalf Frederic Michalak:  “They are awesome, a team that contains 20 players, including (Brian) O’Driscoll who helped Ireland win the Six Nations.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt O’Connor won’t publicly reveal his hand for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30, Irish time) unt(...)

Ulster’s Stephen Ferris after his return to action against Scarlets last week.  Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Leinster will have Luke Fitzgerald back on the wing against Zebre at the RDS on Friday evening, after the Ireland back was finally cleared to p(...)