Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

Jimmy Gopperth at the Barbarians captain’s run in Thomond Park. “I have absolutely loved my time at Leinster and in Ireland.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jimmy Gopperth describes the prospect of bidding farewell to Irish rugby tonight by playing against so many Leinster team-mates of the last two years (...)

Ulster’s Chris Henry scoring a try against Glasgow last week: “This is my third time playing against a Baa Baas team and it’s always a tough but really enjoyable game against them.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Shane Jennings won’t be the only flanker in action at Thomond Park this evening to have decidedly mixed feelings about this game. Part of Chris Henry (...)

Shane Jennings: “We have to respect the tradition, and we have to do it justice.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By rights they are an anachronism which should have been one of the amateur game’s first casualties with the advent of professionalism. But somehow th(...)

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(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor speaking to the press ahead of his side’s Pro12 clash with Ulster in Ravenhill. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Matt O’Connor believes the Ireland player management scheme has contributed to Leinster’s perilous position in the Pro 12.Lose to Ulster on Friday and(...)

Leinster prop Marty Moore looks set to miss the rest of the season as he is due to undergo a second surgery this season on a shoulder injury. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Marty Moore’s season appears to be over after damaging his shoulder against Toulon. The 24-year-old requires a second surgery since October, with the(...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is challenged by Toulon’s Bryan Habana during the  Champions Cup semi-final match  at Stade Vélodrome  in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland and Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he will undergo surgery to his fractured right thumb on (...)

Seán Cronin and Rob Kearney raise their arms in truumph as Leinster overcome Clermont 19-15 in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If there has been one outstanding high point in Leinster’s storied European Cup history, it is probably their epic semi-final win over Clermont in Bor(...)