JJ Hanrahan is believed to be frustrated with his lack of progress at Munster.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

JJ Hanrahan is on the verge of leaving his native Munster and joining Northampton next season. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal with th(...)

Ian Madigan’s eye for a gap echoes that of his boyhood hero, Carlos Spencer, whom he describes as ‘a magician’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Being able to play well in a number of positions can be a double-edged sword. Much as Ian Madigan would like to be a specialist outhalf, his ability t(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, earlier this month in the sides’ Guinness Pro12 rugby clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien will see a specialist this week with regard to an ongoing shoulder problem, which, although officially little is being made of it, must (...)

Ireland ‘s Devin Toner and Iain Henderson comes out for the Captain’s Run past soldiers at the Estadio Centenario, Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

FIRST TEST Argentina v Ireland Estadio Centenario, today, 7.40pm Sky Sports 1 The Ireland squad made their half-hour trek across the bridge(...)

Fergus McFadden hopes to improve on his kicking to add to his skill set. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By his own admission Fergus McFadden might have scored more tries this season. But the Leinster and Irish winger, who was selected to travel to Argent(...)

In 2007 my friend Paul Clancy connected with me on Facebook. In the “how we know each other” section he wrote: “Shared a rich fantasy life for many(...)

 Toulon outhalf Frederic Michalak:  “They are awesome, a team that contains 20 players, including (Brian) O’Driscoll who helped Ireland win the Six Nations.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt O’Connor won’t publicly reveal his hand for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30, Irish time) unt(...)

Leinster loosehead Jack McGrath drives forward during their Heineken Cup clash against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton last month. The St Mary’s player has started two cup games this season so far. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

These are trying times for Leinster. Their chief playmaker, Johnny Sexton, and their stellar overseas signing, Isa Nacewa, having moved on at the end (...)

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth kicks a penalty against Connacht. His arrival from the bench helped propel his side to victory. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s not the Leinster outhalf. It’s plural nowadays. Matt O’Connor keeps calling it one of those good problems. Ian Madigan miscues from the kicking t(...)

 Leinster’s Jack McGrath will hope to impress against Northamnpton once more. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Richie Murphy, the Leinster skills coach was asked this week if there was any risk involved in moving the team from the RDS to the Aviva for tonight’s(...)