Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

The Easter Rising was the seminal moment in Irish history. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The planned evening event for 1916 relatives and the search for a venue to accommodate such large numbers announced this week is a belated though welc(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald: Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen said “He will certainly be out for the next two weeks. I don’t think it’s a World Cup issue.” Photograph: Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald will miss the final two matches of Leinster’s season after undergoing an operation to repair a tear to the labrum in his shoulder. He (...)

Jordi Murphy: “I can’t imagine not being in Europe but we know that we have it in our hands and we’ve got to make sure that we are.” Photo:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Injuries notwithstanding, Leinster won’t have any external player management issues ahead of Friday night’s penultimate Guinness Pro12 game against Be(...)

Seán Cronin, in action here for Leinster in their Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon, has underwent   surgery to repair tendon damage in a shoulder and will be out for 12 weeks. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland and Leinster hooker Seán Cronin underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair tendon damage to a shoulder and is ruled out for the re(...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

Jamie Heaslip in training with the Leinster squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster v Leinster Ravenhill, Friday, 7.35pm BBC 2, Sky Sports 5 Changes were inevitable in such a short time frame but after some specific errors at(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Steffon Armitage was the difference really. At least three textbook turnovers killed Leinster momentum.

Rob Kearney 7/10Three superb acts of high fielding gave Leinster the briefest glimpses of front foot ball but his long, long range drop goal with seco(...)

Sean O’Brien returns to the Leinster starting line-up for Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster’s second row options have been further depleted by injury to Tom Denton. The Englishman’s bicep strain sees his place on the bench for Sun(...)