“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

New Leinster head coach Leo Cullen won three Heineken Cups with the province as captain. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton could hardly have said otherwise when hailing the appointment of Leo Cullen as Leinster’s new head coach, but the manner in which the p(...)

Leinster Rugby have this morning confirmed that Leo Cullen has been appointed as head coach on a two year deal. Photograph: Dáire Brennan/Sportsfile

Leinster and the IRFU have confirmed Leo Cullen as Head Coach of the province on a two year deal. The former Irish second row, who was appointe(...)

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The cost of Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up win over Wales could mount even further after it emerged that Andrew Trimble remains a significant in(...)

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Marty Moore and Luke Fitzgerald will be available to coach Joe Schmidt ahead of Ireland’s second World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva (...)

John Fogarty is currently in Italy with the Ireland Under-20s but will take on the role of Leinster scrum coach with Kurt McQuilkin coming in as a defence coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Leinster have confirmed the appointment of an additional two senior coaches for the upcoming 2015/’16 season but are yet to reveal who will replace Ma(...)

Leinster assistant coach Richie Murphy: “Our squad is our squad.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leinster can’t seem to get away from reminders of their travails in this season’s Guinness Pro12, the latest being their lack of representatives on t(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)

Ian Madigan with Leinster coach Matt O’Connor before the draw with Glasgow at the RDS last Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As England inched to within a converted try of snatching the Six Nations title from Ireland’s clutches by a solitary point in the nerve-shredding fin(...)