Rhys Ruddock makes his first start of the season in Leinster’s interprovincial clash against Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fergus McFadden will replace the injured Zane Kirchner on the right wing for Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 interprovincial clash with Connacht at the Show(...)

Leinster’s Zane Kirchner is out for two or three weeks with a hamstring injury.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster will decide later in the week whether Seán O’Brien will face Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday.The backrow took a knock to his ankle ahe(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney enjoyed a stunning seasonal debut with two tries in the hammering of the Scarlets in Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 clash at the RDS. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 42 Scarlets 12Leinster rediscovered some of their old mojo in the first home game of the season at the RDS as they ran in six tries against a(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip celebrates with the Pro 12 trophy after victory against Glasgow in the  Pro 12 final. Heaslip returns today for his first game of the new season. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Jamie Heaslip makes his return for Leinster this weekend, when he will captain the side for the first home game of the season in his first Pro12 mat(...)

 Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will lead the team against Ulster at Tallaght stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien will captain Leinster against Ulster in a pre-season friendly at Tallaght stadium tomorrow (4.0).The Lions and Ireland backrow forward st(...)

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(...)