Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip directs play during their European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER Rob Kearney Age: 29 Height: 1.85m/6ft 1in Weight: 95kg/14st 13lb Delon Armitage provides a similar aerial threat to Israel Fol(...)

Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman believes the return of Matt Giteau is a huge boost for Toulon against Leinster due to the Australian’s ability to  act as a second distributor from centre for their talented backline. Photograph:      David Rogers/Getty Images

While many believe the Toulon machine can not be stopped as it targets a third straight European crown, here’s the advice from coaches and players who(...)

Sean O’Brien returns to the Leinster starting line-up for Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster’s second row options have been further depleted by injury to Tom Denton. The Englishman’s bicep strain sees his place on the bench for Sun(...)

Declan Fitzpatrick has announced his early retirement from rugby following a string of head injuries. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland international and Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick has announced his early retirement from rugby due to head injuries.The 31-year-old made seven(...)

Jamie Heaslip during Leinster’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s hard not to over-play the importance of this fixture. Leinster’s season looks to be distilled into 80 minutes. Dip into their undoubted European (...)

Jamie Heaslip captains Leinster in their Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster welcome back all of their Ireland Six Nations winners as Matt O’Connor makes nine changes from the side which drew with Glasgow for Saturday’(...)

Jordi Murphy is set to start for Leinster against Bath in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Matt O’Connor’s starting XV for Saturday’s season defining Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva stadium is taking shape.Mike Ross is(...)

Jordi Murphy training with Leinster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aside from his voracious work-rate and versatility, one of the attributes that marks Jordi Murphy apart from most is his ability to pick very good (...)

Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)