Leinster’s Seán Cronin is looking forward to coming up against Ulster’s Rory Best this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster sat down and had what might constitute an emergency meeting after their second pool defeat in Europe last week. The squad met on Sunday fol(...)

Heather Meldrum, Margaret Pointon and ex-Old Wesley rugby player John Meldrum in the old committee room at the RDS. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The late Ireland rugby international Moss Keane used to quip that the older he got, the better he was. The sentiment sat well on Tuesday in the old (...)

 Josh van der Flier runs in for his side’s try during the European Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bath 19 Leinster 16 Rejuvenated by their Kiwi contingent, there was no shame in losing this game to a 77th minute penalty. Mentally and physica(...)

 Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

Seán Cronin’s World Cup started well with a try against Canada but ended with him being left out of the matchday squads against France and Argentina. Photograph: Stuart Forster/Getty Images.

Comebacks in sport more often end in tears than glory. Career obituaries around the world are littered with them, stories that fail to reignite. Th(...)

Rob Kearney picked up a hamstring injury in Leinster’s Pro 12 game against Scarlets at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rob Kearney is a major doubt ahead of Leinster’s opening Champions Cup match against Wasps at the RDS on Sunday (1.0). The Ireland fullback damaged hi(...)

Luke Fitzgerald  and Leinster team-mate Ben Te’o: Fitzgerald will miss this weekend’s game against Scarlets. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster and coach Leo Cullen are hopeful that Luke Fitzgerald will be fully fit for the beginning of their campaign in Europe against Premiership si(...)

New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu:  against France his  key stats were 107 metres gained and nine passes; precious little contact from the big man. Power yes; but not to batter. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

All field sports the world over have two key principles; create space and exploit space. On Monday I replayed the match. Not the one you’d imagine (...)

Rory McIlroy with Luke Fitzgerald, Dave Kearney, Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A four-strong Irish delegation were today winging their way to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. The World Cup reception will be attended by repres(...)

Jared Payne will not  face France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:54

The French would have been mid-session this afternoon when word filtered through that Keith Earls will be wearing number 13 for Ireland on Sunday at t(...)