Leinster’s Michael Bent did an  “outstanding job”  deputising for Mike Ross at short notice against Wasps. Photograph: Billy Stickland /  Inpho

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo hailed Michael Bent for the “outstanding job” the much-derided Kiwi did in deputising for Mike Ross at short notice (...)

Darragh Fanning scores a try for Leinster as they come back to beat Wasps in their  European  Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Leinster merely won a must-win match to launch their latest European campaign, and there was merit and satisfaction to be(...)

 Wasps’ Christian Wade scores a a winger’s try despite the attention of Leinster’s Zane Kirchner and Darragh Fanning.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho 2:07

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Seán Cronin pounded into the Wasps 22, the hooker playing centre in the mould of Mathieu Bastareaud. The position from where insp(...)

Seán Cronin in Pro12 action against Cardiff. “Everyone has come in today. It’s European week and there’s a certain edge about the place. It’s a big week,” he says. Photograph: Inpho

It hasn’t been the character of Leinster in recent years to have to hope for an 80-minute performance. European games beg greater certainty. But, so (...)

 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(...)

 Munster’s Peter O’Mahony, Ulster’s Rory Best and Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip at the launch of the new European competitions   at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho/PA

Thankfully, the glories of the previous 19 years of the Heineken Cup have not been completely cast adrift, and as the highlights reel of the tourname(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney in action against Munster in their Pro12 encounter at Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph: Inpho.

The derby feels more important than usual – 2015 probably won’t be a bad year, but it could be. A stuttering start to both Leinster and Munster campai(...)

 Cian Healy has been ruled out of action for at least three to four weeks with a ‘significant hamstring tear’.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster’s monopoly of the Ireland number one jersey is under threat.Cian Healy’s hamstring tear is comparable to that suffered by Richardt Strauss, w(...)

Connacht have retained 22-year-old Jack Rugby at outhalf for the visit of Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho.

Connacht v Leinster Sportsground 7.35, TV: TG4 Connacht welcome the champions to an expectant Sportsground from the lofty heights of third p(...)

Rhys Ruddock makes his first start of the season in Leinster’s interprovincial clash against Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fergus McFadden will replace the injured Zane Kirchner on the right wing for Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 interprovincial clash with Connacht at the Show(...)