Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 play-off semi-final at the RDS earlier this month.

Greatest compliment that can be offered to Devin Toner is nobody laments the departure of Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn, or even the imminent retiremen(...)

Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian second row Kane Douglas. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian second row Kane Douglas. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Kane Douglas’ arrival in Dublin – at an unscheduled date and for an unknown period of time (a policy Matt O’Connor has adopted from Leicester) – is in(...)

Brian O’Driscoll walks off with his teammates after beating Toulouse away from home in the 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With Toulon currently the Everest of European rugby, Leinster’s evolution in France sees them attempt to scale the highest peak tomorrow. It’s also(...)

Simon Zebo gets a GPS unit inserted in the pouch in his training jersey

The game is whistled to a stop. All eyes are on the referee as he asks the TMO to replay an incident on the stadium’s big screen. A team analyst conti(...)

Leinster players celebrate Nathan Hines’ try in their Heineken Cup final victory over Northampton  in 2011. The two sides will meet in Pool 1 in this season’s competition. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

An opener against 2012 Rabo League champions Ospreys, a second match against this year’s French champions Castres, and back-to-back fixtures with 2000(...)

Nathan Hines knows what it takes to win a Heineken Cup, having made a try-scoring contribution to Leinster’s famous 33-22 comeback win over Nor(...)

Vern Cotter: “For us, it is about being able to get fast ball, play a high tempo, keep them moving. That’s our basic game plan.” Photograph: Inpho

It’s easy to see how Vern Cotter and Joe Schmidt worked as a partnership. Unannounced and apologetically, we came at the 51-year-old New Zealan(...)

Julien Bonnaire being applauded off by Munster. Bonnaire got his team-mates to abandon their lap of honour and walk over to their vanquished foes. Photograph: afp/getty images

There was a lovely moment soon after the post-match exchange of hands as Clermont embarked on their lap of honour which, after 80 minutes of be(...)

Ronan O’Gara shows his emotions after Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont Auvergne in Montpellier. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster outhalf Ronan O’Gara, the record points scorer and most-capped player in Heineken Cup history, would not be drawn on whether Saturday’(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Napolioni Nalaga scores his side’s try during the Heineken Cup semi-final at Stade de la Mosson in  Montpellier. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: In many, many ways this was a better Munster performance than their epic quarter-final win against Harlequins. The Stade de(...)