Coach Matt O’Connor talks to the  Leinster players during the Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon in Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Matt O’Connor has given his backing to Leo Cullen to take over as Leinster head coach following his departure from the post, while advising whoever do(...)

 Isa Nacewa: “Leinster was the one club I wanted to play for and when the opportunity arose I just jumped at it.” Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Isa Nacewa turned down an unofficial approach to resume his playing career during his time with the Auckland Blues but when Leinster made inquiries ea(...)

John Fogarty is currently in Italy with the Ireland Under-20s but will take on the role of Leinster scrum coach with Kurt McQuilkin coming in as a defence coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Leinster have confirmed the appointment of an additional two senior coaches for the upcoming 2015/’16 season but are yet to reveal who will replace Ma(...)

Highlanders assistant coach   Tony Brown  has emerged as the leading candidate to take over at Leinster next season. Photo:  Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

Former All Black outhalf Tony Brown has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Leinster head coach. The 40-year-old, who only retired in 20(...)

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes has signed  a three-year extension to his deal with Clermont Auverne. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The list of contenders for the position of Leinster head coach is diminishing by the day following the confirmation that Clermont Auvergne assistant c(...)

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo has left the province with immediate effect. Photograph: Inpho

Marco Caputo has resigned as Leinster’s scrum coach, following the province’s decision to sack Matt O’Connor. Leinster have announced Caputo’s departu(...)

Jimmy Gopperth at the Barbarians captain’s run in Thomond Park. “I have absolutely loved my time at Leinster and in Ireland.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jimmy Gopperth describes the prospect of bidding farewell to Irish rugby tonight by playing against so many Leinster team-mates of the last two years (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: team selection features Leinster youngsters in centre Colm O’Shea and replacement winger Cian Kelleher. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland v Barbarians, Thomond Park, 7.45pm: At face value this looks like a bit of an end-of-season jaunt. Then again, with Joe Schmidt involved and t(...)

Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I must admit to being slightly sceptical at the robust and uniform manner in which the Leinster players defended Matt O’Connor over the past season. T(...)

Former Australia  coach Robbie Deans: flattered to be linked with the Leinster role, but  the timeline does not suit.  Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach job, despite admitting it is one of the most attractive positions in ru(...)