Leinster’s most effective ball-carrier Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster remain the great survivors but greatness departed with Johnny Sexton in the summer of 2013. That short-sighted error continues to haunt the M(...)

Jamie Heaslip clenches his fist on the full time whistle as Leinster see off Harlequins 14-13 at the Aviva Stadium 5:01

Leinster 14 Harlequins 13It was a grim, a dour arm wrestle, for large tranches devoid of imagination, wit, subtlety, and anything that might resemble (...)

 Harlequins’ Aseli Tikoirotuma breaks against Leinster at the Stoop. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Harlequins 24 Leinster 18Leinster took the bare minimum from The Stoop after being caught cold by two tries in quick succession from Harlequins in the(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Rob Kearney: Conor O’Shea, a former Leinster fullback, will underline the folly of kicking poorly to  Kearney. Photograph: Inpho.

Given the emphasis Leinster place on kicking to contest and kicking for territory as part of what teams now call their “exit strategies” Harlequins fu(...)

 Jamie Heaslip should be one of the few survivor from when Harlqeuins and Leisnetr last met in 2009.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster team won’t be selected until Friday. But of the 15 players who started against Harlequins in the 2009 ‘Bloodgate’ quarter-final, probably(...)

Mike Brown scored England’s second try as they limped to a 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham

George Ford brought England’s autumn to life with an impressive full debut as Samoa were swept aside 28-9 at Twickenham to end the 2015 World Cup host(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

 Charlie Matthews of Harlequins breaks to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Wasps at Adams Park,  High Wycombe. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Wasps 16 Harlequins 23 Harlequins deservedly beat local rivals Wasps 23-16 at Adams Park to go joint top of Pool 2 of the European Champions C(...)

Commuters walk towards escalators after disembarking from a London Underground tube train at Canary Wharf station. Photo: Bloomberg

A new 24-hour Tube service at weekends will begin in September next year, it was announced today.Transport for London (TfL) said the new service had(...)