Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Leinster’s  Dominic Ryan(right) will captain Emerging Ireland against Russia in Bucharest in their opening    Nations Cup game. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

In what can genuinely be considered an Emerging Ireland squad, Dan McFarland has named 10 uncapped players in the starting XV to face Russia in Friday(...)

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy will captain the Emerging Ireland squad at the IRB  Nations Cup in June. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Five full internationals have been named in a 26-strong Emerging Ireland squad for the three game IRB Nations Cup in Romania in mid-June.Connacht’s Da(...)

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

 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, (...)

Jimmy Gopperth starts ahead of Ian Madigan against Toulon.

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has handed Jimmy Gopperth the number 10 jersey for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll goes over for the game’s only try against Munster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster 22 Munster 18: The story? Brian O’Driscoll of course. When has it not be(...)

Leinster’s Martin Moore and Michael Bent (right) in action against Zebre at the RDS. “If required Mike will do a really good job,” said Matt O’Connor yesterday.

There’s a theory about that the heat might have gone out of the Leinster-Munster rivalry in recent years, but wit(...)

Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross:  “It’s very fine margins get you selected at this level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Slamming into the provincial ceiling they may be but Munster are growing loosehead props again. James Cronin started in Perpignan last December(...)

Luke Fitzgerald had been named on the left wing for Leinster’s Pro12 clash away to the Cardiff Blues. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald has been named in the Leinster starting XV for Thursday night’s Pro12 trip to play Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park (8.05pm). Fit(...)