Ireland prop Mike Ross has won 49 international caps since his debut in 2009. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Joe Schmidt has never been accused of the emotional pick. When Mike Ross was dropped by former Leinster coach Matt O’Connor earlier this year, the (...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

St Mary’s captain Trevor Brennan with his son Daniel after defeating Lansdowne in the club final in 2000. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

This weekend 15 years ago I played in arguably the last great all-Ireland club final. There were four British and Irish Lions, internationals, and out(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald: Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen said “He will certainly be out for the next two weeks. I don’t think it’s a World Cup issue.” Photograph: Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald will miss the final two matches of Leinster’s season after undergoing an operation to repair a tear to the labrum in his shoulder. He (...)

Jordi Murphy: “I can’t imagine not being in Europe but we know that we have it in our hands and we’ve got to make sure that we are.” Photo:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Injuries notwithstanding, Leinster won’t have any external player management issues ahead of Friday night’s penultimate Guinness Pro12 game against Be(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor speaking to the press ahead of his side’s Pro12 clash with Ulster in Ravenhill. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Matt O’Connor believes the Ireland player management scheme has contributed to Leinster’s perilous position in the Pro 12.Lose to Ulster on Friday and(...)

Leinster prop Marty Moore looks set to miss the rest of the season as he is due to undergo a second surgery this season on a shoulder injury. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Marty Moore’s season appears to be over after damaging his shoulder against Toulon. The 24-year-old requires a second surgery since October, with the(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores the extra-time try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 25 Leinster 20 (aet; 12-12 after 80 minutes) True to their word, Leinster fought the good fight. For 80 minutes of regulation time and a(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip directs play during their European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER Rob Kearney Age: 29 Height: 1.85m/6ft 1in Weight: 95kg/14st 13lb Delon Armitage provides a similar aerial threat to Israel Fol(...)