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(...)

Martin Moore has ousted Mike Ross at provincial level but Joe Schmidt has kept the 35-year-old in the international set-up. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Mike Ross’s exclusion from the Leinster squad that beat Castres last weekend has, clearly, not impacted on his involvement with Ireland. But history (...)

Robbie Henshaw played on impressively after injuring his ankle in Connacht’s defeat to the Exeter Chiefs.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It wasn’t so much the results themselves, more the scale of them and the manner of them. Munster and Ulster, regulars in the last eight, weren’t so mu(...)

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong, who scored one of Leinster’s seven tries against Castres at the RDS. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The tighthead conundrum. The previous Irish management hoped aloud in November 2010 that John Hayes would pack down at the 2011 World Cup in New Zeal(...)

Seán Cronin goes over to score Leinster’s fourth try in the European Champions Cup match against Castres at the RDS. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 50 Castres 8No worries, Leinster are the only Irish province still breathing European Champions Cup oxygen. The grumblers, whose din had been(...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Jim Hamilton and Brad Barritt of Saracens at Thomond Park last October.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

They don’t hand out winners medals in January but there will be a few losers medals this weekend. The stark reality for the Irish provinces on the pen(...)

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 (...)

In selections which are likely to have interesting implications for Joe Schmidt and the Irish management, Leinster are set to opt for Jimmy Gopperth (...)