Mike Ross in action against Argentina in the second Test of the  2014 summer tour. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is fully conversant with the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic as yet another injury has hit his already-emaciat(...)

Nathan White out for up to 16 weeks with ruptured tendon in his arm. Photograph: Inpho

Nathan White’s ruptured tendon in his upper arm and James Cronin’s ankle injury bring the Irish propping crisis up to epidemic proportions.It was rev(...)

 Ben Te’o will debut against Edinburgh on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kevin McLaughlin returns from injury to lead Leinster out against Edinburgh at the RDS on Friday night, while new recruit Ben Te’o will debut at outsi(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tries to keep possession against Castres Olympique at the Stade Pierre Antoine yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, and it’s left Leinster sitting pretty. The only away team to win in the Stade Pierre Antoine last season, Lein(...)

 Leinster’s Michael Bent did an  “outstanding job”  deputising for Mike Ross at short notice against Wasps. Photograph: Billy Stickland /  Inpho

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo hailed Michael Bent for the “outstanding job” the much-derided Kiwi did in deputising for Mike Ross at short notice (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Robin Copeland compete during the recent Guinness Pro12 clash. The stakes will be raised this weekend as the two sides face English teams in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

New name, new organisers, new format, new TV deals, new trophies ... but essentially it’s still the European Cup. The European Champions Cup may have (...)

Leinster’s Michael Bent scrums down against Munster’s Stephen Archer. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Pool Two: Leinster v Wasps RDS, Sunday, 5.15pm, BT Sport The return to Europe does not find Leinster in the rudest of health, on the pitch at(...)

Seán Cronin in Pro12 action against Cardiff. “Everyone has come in today. It’s European week and there’s a certain edge about the place. It’s a big week,” he says. Photograph: Inpho

It hasn’t been the character of Leinster in recent years to have to hope for an 80-minute performance. European games beg greater certainty. But, so (...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden leaves the field injured during the 34-23 defeat to Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor had little time for the officiating in his side’s 34-23 defeat to Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night.Munster (...)

 Cian Healy has been ruled out of action for at least three to four weeks with a ‘significant hamstring tear’.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster’s monopoly of the Ireland number one jersey is under threat.Cian Healy’s hamstring tear is comparable to that suffered by Richardt Strauss, w(...)