Jordi Murphy: “I had two games off the bench for Ireland but I’ve been looking for that start and I’m going out to make the most of it and leave a mark.”

It’s been something of a rollercoaster season for Irish back-row forwards this season, thus testing Ireland’s depth there more than usually, and for n(...)

Leinster players celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:50

Leinster 34 Glasgow 12People leave but Leinster stay the same. Jimmy Gopperth and Zane Kirchner, signed with the unenviable tasks of replacing club ic(...)

Stuart Hogg of Glasgow Warriors has been dropped from the Glasgow Warriors’ squad for the Pro12 final against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images.

Stuart Hogg will not play any part in Saturday’s Pro12 final at the RDS. The Scotland fullback has been excluded from Gregor Townsend’s squad as he ac(...)

Mike McCarthy at Tuesday’s Leinster training session at  UCD. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor stated today that Mike McCarthy trained with the squad following a calf strain and should feature in Saturday’s Pro 12 fi(...)

Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Quinn Roux will start alongside Devin Toner in the Leinster secondrow for Saturday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS after(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Andrew Trimble scores Ireland’s second try against France in Paris. “To win this award just means the world to me.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There would have been long odds on him being the chosen one as recently as last November, never mind the start of the season, but there will be few qu(...)

As Leinster applied the finishing touches to their playing roster for next season without disclosing how long each player has signed for, Johnny Sexto(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy is one of a number of senior players who have signed new contracts with Leinster. Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster have confirmed that 21 players have signed new contracts to continue playing with the province next season and beyond and that Dudley born, (...)

Ulster’s Jared Payne, who returns from his ERC two-game suspension against Leinster tonight, makes a break against the Scarlets in an earlier Pro12 game.

Ulster’s hold on a play-off place had looked under threat entering the penultimate round of regular season Pro12 matches but all that changed when Gug(...)