Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tries to keep possession against Castres Olympique at the Stade Pierre Antoine yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, and it’s left Leinster sitting pretty. The only away team to win in the Stade Pierre Antoine last season, Lein(...)

Ian Keatley made two of his six placed kicks as Munster beat Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Thomond Park. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Although he only landed two of six kicks at goal, thereby leaving 11 points behind, Ian Keatley’s all-round game was warmly praised by his coach Antho(...)

Forward momentum: Munster outhalf Ian Keatley has been named in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad. Photograph: Inpho

From the moment Ian Keatley stepped through the door of the Munster dressingroom for the first time in 2011, he has endured the forensic scrutiny of t(...)

 Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

Ian Keatley kicks Munster’s match-winning drop goal against Sale in the first round of the European Champions Cup on Saturday at the AJ Bell stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sitting in the team hotel ahead of their European Rugby Champions Cup clash with the Northampton Saints, Ronan O’Gara commandeered an iPad belonging t(...)

 Munster’s Ian Keatley celebrates with his family after the win over Sale Sharks. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley paid tribute to the cool head of Ian Keatley after he kicked his side to a last-gasp win over Sale in the opening match of(...)

Racing Metro kicking coach Ronan O’Gara:  “Nowadays there are internationals who are average, so that signing an international doesn’t really mean that much.” Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.  1:29

Casting his eye across the European rugby map from his Parisian employers Racing Metro on a flying trip to Dublin yesterday, Ronan O’Gara admitted the(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney: “I never questioned the Munster guys’ commitment. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The 2009 Grand Slam was captured in Cardiff but everyone knows Rob Kearney won it all by himself in Enfield the previous December when, aged just 22,(...)

Grenoble’s centre Chris Farrell scores during the match against Racing Métro. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty

In France’s Top 14, Grenoble continued their impressive home form with a win over Racing Métro in Stade des Alpes. The 27-25 victory handed the Irish(...)

Kieran Marmion dives over the line to score a try for Connacht against Leinster last Friday. Photoraph: James Crombie/Inpho.

In front of the watching Joe Schmidt, Friday night’s head-to-head subplots in the Sportsground would have focussed mostly around midfield, and the you(...)