Mike Ross of Leinster is tackled by  Munster’s Stephen Archer and Robin Copeland. The prop may yet be fit to face Castres this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie /  Inpho

Leinster will wait until later in the week to make a call on the fitness of prop Mike Ross and fullback Rob Kearney ahead of their European Champions (...)

 Wasps’ Christian Wade scores a a winger’s try despite the attention of Leinster’s Zane Kirchner and Darragh Fanning.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho 2:07

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Seán Cronin pounded into the Wasps 22, the hooker playing centre in the mould of Mathieu Bastareaud. The position from where insp(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip speaking to the press at UCD, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In weeks like these players like Jamie Heaslip talk about their positions and hold them steady. No wavering. Wasps visit will test many parts of th(...)

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth is tackled by Munster’s Andrew Smith and Paul O’Connell during the recent clash at the Aviva Stadium. ‘Choosing Gopperth over Madigan is a conservative route to go down, in my opinion.’ Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster have been so good for so long it’s only natural any bit of a wobble will make people wonder are they in trouble. Nothing causes supporters to(...)

Seán Cronin in Pro12 action against Cardiff. “Everyone has come in today. It’s European week and there’s a certain edge about the place. It’s a big week,” he says. Photograph: Inpho

It hasn’t been the character of Leinster in recent years to have to hope for an 80-minute performance. European games beg greater certainty. But, so (...)

Les Kiss: delighted to get the security in the long term and is focused on next year. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Jonathan Porter

In addition to confirming that Neil Doak will be Ulster’s head coach on a full-time basis, the IRFU has also announced that Les Kiss will resume his d(...)

Fergus McFadden leaves the field on a stretcher after injuring his ankle in the Guinness Pro12 game against Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fergus McFadden is a major doubt for Ireland’s autumn Test series after being ruled out of action for six weeks with a “pretty significant” ankle stra(...)

Leinster and Ireland powerhouse Seán O’Brien is set to miss much of the season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ball carriers of the calibre of Seán O’Brien and Cain Healy don’t exactly grow on trees, least of all Irish ones, and by dint of the former joining th(...)

Seán O’Brien faces up to six months on the sideline as he will undergo reconstructive surgery on a shoulder in London on Friday. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

More bad news. Leinster and Ireland’s most combative players – Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien – are now both unavailable until 2015.O’Brien would be retu(...)

Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss at training in UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne /  Inpho

South African Richardt Strauss could take to the field against Munster at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday (6.30pm).The hooker, who has been sidelined(...)