Mils Muliaina in action against Ireland’s Stephen Ferris at the Aviva Stadium in 2010. Photograp: James Crombie/Inpho.

Although many heavy-hitting rugby names have landed in Ireland in recent years, it is hard to recall such an intense sense of anticipation as there is(...)

Rocky Elsom (left) is tackled by George Chuter and Tom Croft of Leicester in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. The signing of Elsom has hugely important in the Irish province making the big breakthrough in claiming victory in Europe’s premier competition.   Photograph: Graham Stuart/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2008, Michael Cheika asked (more likely thumped the table and screamed) for an influx of quality overseas players. Leinst(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: repeats his assertion that developing a player of Heineken Cup/Test standard takes time, and without Jamie Heaslip and Seán O’Brien “you would lose the transitional pieces”.  Photograph: Inpho

Mick Dawson is in his 13th year as chief executive of the Leinster Branch. In that time the organisation has undergone quite a transformation, from an(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll touches down for his last-minute try. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 20 Australia 20 Croke Pk, Dublin November 15th, 2009The game began and ended on set moves to release Brian O’Driscoll; the first of them coug(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton celebrates after Saturday’s victory. Photograph: Inpho

As Jonathan Sexton walked out of the RDS for the last time as a Leinster player on Saturday night, a supporter shouted: “Se(...)

In a final between two sides so well matched, Jonny Wilkinson could be the one to prove the difference.

It isn’t often I get to blow my own trumpet so I’ll just make it a small one. In the first column of the season back in October, I tipped Clerm(...)