Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

The Roman philosopher and politician Cicero once observed that: “No one can give you wiser advice than yourself.”     Joe Schmidt woul(...)

“We can’t afford to just throw Josh van der Flier (above), Gary Ringrose, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and promising Munster flanker Jack O’Donoghue into the Test match arena.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Talent will never be enough on its own. What characteristics are needed to make it as a professional rugby player? Bravery, naturally, and certain phy(...)

Leinster’s Peter Dooley chases Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty felt something akin to paternal anxiety last week with Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong and Ross Molony mak(...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Leinster’s frontrow forward Peter Dooley in action against Scarlets last October in the Guinness Pro12. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Peter Dooley’s rugby career has been shaped, literally and figuratively, by a number of individuals including Seá n O’Brien, Gerry Murphy, Daniel Dav(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)

Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster in their friendly against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Sportsfile

Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster against Ulster on Friday night as the Leo Cullen era begins at Ravenhill. Backrow Ryan is one of three Ireland inte(...)

Cathal Marsh: missed two penalties inside the opening 10 minutes before finally slotting over his third kick of the night on 25 minutes. Photograph: Inpho

Worcester 15 Leinster A 13 Leinster’s two-year reign as B&I Cup champions is over after they were edged out by Championship leaders Worce(...)

Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)

Ian Keatley returns to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Pro 12 fixture against Cardiff Blues at the newly developed Musgrave Park.Keatley, fresh from a(...)