Isa Nacewa in action for Leinster in the Challenge Cup semi-final against Biarritz in 2013. The utility back has not played professional rugby since retiring at the end of that season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Somebody once said that making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity. Isa Nacewa will soon find out after a two-year abse(...)

 Leinster will face Bath at the Aviva Stadium on April 4th.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Mick Dawson, the Leinster ceo, has avoided his Good Friday quarter-final kickoff in the European Champions Cup. Leinster face Bath in the first of the(...)

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. The Vintners Feder(...)

Leinster might be able to obtain a licence to sell alcohol inside the Aviva Stadium for a Good Friday quarter-final, but there would still be a huge loss economically to the local area. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Leinster are adamantly opposed to their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva Stadium taking place on Good Friday. The qua(...)

Wasp’s Andy Goode reacts after missing a late drop goal attempt against Leinster at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Fortune favoured Leinster over the weekend, and a small fortune is coming their way to boot, but there was almost a final sting in the tale. With the (...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Australia   coach Michael Cheika takes training at Blackrock. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika the hobo, the Pat Garrett of rugby union is back in town. As he was for Leinster by 2009 he became for the Waratahs this season; a coa(...)

Rob Kearney says that he’s delighted to remain in the blue of Leinster for at least another three years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rob Kearney has commited his future to Leinster with a new three year contract which will keep him in the province until he is 31.The Louth native say(...)

The 22-year-old captain, Michael Hooper is one of a number of Australia players coached by Cheika at club level. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

An apocryphal tale: Leinster coach Michael Cheika arrives for his post match briefing. “ Yes,” he says “the team did really well. We took our c(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan in action against Connacht last week. “Last year certain players got ahead of me that I had been ahead of prior to that. It was just about fighting my way back into it.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Gonzaga College churn out far too many senior counsels for their rugby professionals not to have a decent grasp of oratory as well. The master (...)