Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Zane Kirchner with Bradley Davies and Jake Cooper-Woolley of Wasps during the Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Viewed in the context of the images from Paris over the weekend, the postponement of a few rugby matches and some ensuing fixture congestion in the Eu(...)

 Anthony Foley’s side should pick up a bonus point against Treviso. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Champions Cup opening salvo proves there’s always a new mountain to climb even if the provinces are still paying that heavy World Cup toll. Let’s (...)

Talented Leinster back Garry Ringrose lines out at outside centre, having taken man-of-the-match award in win over Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen certainly can’t be accused of operating within narrow selection parameters, something that the academy players have come to appreciate in t(...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan scores a try at Donnybrook last night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster 68 (Tries: Conan (2); Nacewa, McFadden, McGrath, Leavy, Beirne, Van der Flier, Fanning; pen try Cons: Nacewa (5); McFadden (4)) Moseley 0 (...)

Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige is the only uncapped player in the South Africa squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Theo Karanikos/AFP/Getty Images

Several key South Africa players, including captain Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen, have won their fitness battles and were named on Friday in t(...)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players after the country’s largest trade union accused him of making ‘racist choices’ when picking his squad. Photograph: Getty

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players and is committed to a transformation in Springbok rugby after coming unde(...)

Leinster have confirmed that Kane Douglas has been called up by the Australian Rugby Union ahead of the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup later in the year. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leinster Rugby have this afternoon confirmed that they have received a request from the Australian Rugby Union to release Kane Douglas under World Rug(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan was man of the match against Edinburgh. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

It may have been a season of under-achievement for Leinster but the former European champions made sure of finishing their campaign on a winning note (...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid breaks free to score a try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at   Murrayfield. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

Edinburgh 23 Leinster 36 Edinburgh’s hopes of playing in the European Champions Cup next season were snuffed out when they lost 36-23 to a work(...)