Connacht’s Kieran Marmion breaks free to score his sides opening try against Leinster at the Showgrounds last September. Photo: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Over the next fortnight Irish rugby’s internecine rivalries won’t be for the squeamish as provincial bloodletting is disputed ferociously, in pursuit(...)

Dave Kearney will start on the left wing for Leinster for the Pro12 game against Connacht at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes, including five in the pack, for their return to the Guinness Pro12 for Friday night’s interpro cl(...)

 Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock nursing what turned out to be a broken arm   after the Champions Cup  win over Harlequins. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster backrow Rhys Ruddock will be out of action for between four to six weeks. The in-form Ruddock fractured his arm in Leinster’s European Champi(...)

Rhys Ruddock: “If we get a good turnout and the atmosphere is right, I think it will lift us, definitely.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster need to beat Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday and also deny Conor O’Shea’s team a bonus point if they are to regain leadership o(...)

 Jamie Heaslip should be one of the few survivor from when Harlqeuins and Leisnetr last met in 2009.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster team won’t be selected until Friday. But of the 15 players who started against Harlequins in the 2009 ‘Bloodgate’ quarter-final, probably(...)

Chris Henry. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster officials remain optimistic that Chris Henry will make a full recovery after undergoing heart surgery on Monday although, understandably, the(...)

 Ben Te’o will debut against Edinburgh on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kevin McLaughlin returns from injury to lead Leinster out against Edinburgh at the RDS on Friday night, while new recruit Ben Te’o will debut at outsi(...)

Dave Kearney could make his Leinster return in Friday’s Guinness Pro12 game against Edinburgh on Friday night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster’s injury woes have receded somewhat with the return to training this week of Irish internationals Shane Jennings, Jordi Murphy, Dave Kearney (...)

Former Ireland international Geordan Murphy is  regarded as favourite to succeed Paul Burke. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Ireland international Paul Burke has stepped down as backs’ coach at the Leicester Tigers. Geordan Murphy would be regarded as favourite to suc(...)

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 (...)