Jared Payne is given a  red card by referee Jerome Garces as Johann Muller looks on. Photograph: Inpho

Out of Ulster’s defeat sprung a debate over penalising the injury or the action. As Jared Payne left Ravenhill in disbelief after being shown t(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: Has opted for Jimmy Gopperth at outhalf for the visit to Toulon. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Toulon v Leinster Stade Felix Mayol, Sunday, 4.30pm Live Sky Sports 3 This it then, Leinster’s season-defining game and the acid test of t(...)

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(...)

Bellamy’s pub in Ballsbridge: a beloved watering hole of many of the collars-up D4 rugby fraternity

The €1.4 million battle for Bellamy’s pub in Ballsbridge, a beloved watering hole of many of the collars-up D4 rugby fraternity, has descended (...)

Yoann Huget bowls over Brian O’Driscoll during France’s Six Nations decider against Ireland. The Toulouse man will feature at fullback against Munster.

Munster will face many threats in their quarter-final clash with Toulouse on Saturday but none seem more evident than Yoann Huget. Ma(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll goes over for the game’s only try against Munster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 22 Munster 18: The story? Brian O’Driscoll of course. When has it not be(...)

Holding a rugby ball signed by Ireland’s Six Nations team, eight-year-old Mossie Molony from Castleknock meets Brian O’Driscoll at a reception at Farmleigh House in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a big day yesterday for Mossie Molony, aged eight, from Castleknock. He may have been the smallest person in the beautiful Victorian conserv(...)

Rob Kearney in action during a Leinster squad session at UCD on Monday ahead of Saturday’s clash against rivals Munster on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

“Rob Penney stirring it a little bit” was how Jonno Gibbs attempted to deflect the outgoing Munster coach’s v(...)

Ireland’s flanker Chris Henry (second right) tackles France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud during the Six Nations at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Photograph: AFP Photo

Another Irish man who thrived in Paris, James Joyce, wrote: “Better pass boldly into that other world, in (...)

Winger Andrew Trimble crosses to score Ireland’s  second try during their Six Nations victory at the Stade de France, Paris, France, on Saturday evening. Photograph: PA

Success is failure turned inside out, with France’s sublime final attacking flurry worthy of winning any match. But the hunger in Ireland’s def(...)

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