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(...)

 Richardt Strauss is back after five months out with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor welcomes back a number of players ahead of tomorrow’s Pro12 match against Zebre (3.0, Irish time).Hooker Richardt Strauss(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan clashes with Felix Jones and James Coughlan of Munster during the Pro 12 match at the  Aviva Stadium last March. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster v Munster Aviva Stadium, Saturday 6.30pm, Live Sky Sports 2 It’s disrespectful to all others to say the annual early autumn run-in betwe(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock scores a try despite the challenges from Cardiff’s George Watkins and Lewis Jones at the RDS Last night. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 37 Cardiff Blues 23 Normal service resumeth. Leinster got their win column on a par with their losses last night and may even have(...)

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)

The Leinster players are put through their paces during training earlier this week.

Glasgow v Leinster (kick-off 5.15pm, Scotstoun Stadium. Sky Sports)While Isaac Boss is in line to make history as the first player to represent two Ir(...)

 Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will lead the team against Ulster at Tallaght stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien will captain Leinster against Ulster in a pre-season friendly at Tallaght stadium tomorrow (4.0).The Lions and Ireland backrow forward st(...)

 Leinster’s  Mike McCarthy (right) is out of the Emerging Ireland squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy had been ruled out of the Emerging Ireland squad for the IRB Nations Cup in Romania due to a calf injury.McCarthy will be rep(...)

Blackrock outhalf Brian O’Driscoll in possession as Newbridge players including outhalf Brent Ward try to stop him during a  Leinster School’s Senior Cup game at Donnybrook in 1997 Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Anyone remember Riaz Fredericks? Big, dreadlocked South African who erected a wall in front of Brian O’Driscoll way back in August 1999. The first of (...)

 Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

The Stuart Hogg situation needed clearing up ahead of tomorrow’s Pro 12 final and Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend did just that.Hogg, Scotland’(...)