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(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud of Toulon runs with the ball against Leinster during the European Cup quarter-final match at Felix Mayol Stadium last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

To put the scale of the task facing Leinster into perspective, never have they been handed a more difficult knockout game in Europe’s blue riband. Put(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Leinster is tackled by Florian Fresia and Michael Classens of Toulon in last year’s European Cup quarter-final at Stade Mayol. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As both Wasps and Grenoble have shown in recent weeks, to take on Toulon, well, you have to take them on. Wasps had them gasping out wide after taking(...)

Leinster outhalf Jimmy Gopperth in possession during the Pro12 game against Dragons at Rodney Parade last weekend.  Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Bankrolled to an altogether different level, and having become the first side to complete a modern-day European Cup/domestic league double last seaso(...)

Forwards coach Leo Cullen at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Lest we forget, Leinster are one win away from a fourth European Champions Cup final and do have some pedigree, winning their last three semi-finals. (...)

Leinster hooker Seán Cronin on Toulon semi-final: “It probably is going to take one of our best games in a few seasons to get a win.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For all the flak coming their way, the funny thing is that if Leinster and their supporters were offered the choice at the start of the season of a P(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor gambled on resting 12 of the starting line-up against Bath for the trip to the Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook

Many Leinster fans would yesterday have awoken to the radio advertising campaign promoting the province’s season ticket sales. Coming hard on the heel(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor at Rodney Parade where his side were beaten by Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Leinster’s hopes of reaching the play-offs of the Guinness Pro12 were all but extinguished for the first time since their inception in the 2009-10 se(...)

Matt Healy lost confidence after being released by Leinster but is now joint top try scorer for Connacht. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sun shone brilliantly on Thursday and on such days there’s few better places than the west. Matt Healy soaked up the rays by joining a few team-ma(...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan will hope to force himself into starting XV for Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster bid to right the biggest wrong of their Pro12 campaign to date when taking the trek to Newport tomorrow and seeking to avenge their shock lo(...)