Jimmy Gopperth during Saturday’s Pro 12 final against Glasgow: “You have to fight, that’s what you want, as a player.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

All the successful crusades used mercenaries. By qualifying from their European Pool, Matt O’Connor’s Leinster surpassed Joe Schmidt’s 2013 version o(...)

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(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Sam Windsor share a laugh at Leinster training in UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Professional sports folk love controlling those pesky controllables. It’s, like, their thing. So when Matt O’Connor was presented with a number of (...)

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(...)

Sean O’Brien: will make his  first appearance since he suffered a shoulder injury  against Ulster in December when Leinster take on Edinburgh at the RDS Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There was some scepticism when Leinster coach Matt O’Connor said recently that Sean O’Brien was hoping to be available for Ireland’s tour to Argentina(...)

 Sean O’Brien in training during the week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien has proved he is a quick healer by returning to competitive action ahead of time for tomorrow night’s RaboDirect Pro12 game against Edinb(...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin charges over for  a try in last night’s game at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 62 Benetton Treviso 7: But for a misplaced pass after a Brian O’Driscoll break Leinster could have had Treviso plucked and stuffed after 2(...)

Leinster hooker  Seán Cronin breaks clear to score his side’s second try during the   RaboDirect Pro 12 game at the RDS in  Dublin. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 62 Benetton Treviso 7: Leinster notched nine tries in the Dublin sunshin(...)

 Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy is tackled by Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes to the team that lost to Toulon for tomorrow night’s RaboDirect Pro12 game against the Ospr(...)