Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Mike Ross of Leinster is tackled by  Munster’s Stephen Archer and Robin Copeland. The prop may yet be fit to face Castres this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie /  Inpho

Leinster will wait until later in the week to make a call on the fitness of prop Mike Ross and fullback Rob Kearney ahead of their European Champions (...)

Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian second row Kane Douglas. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian second row Kane Douglas. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Kane Douglas’ arrival in Dublin – at an unscheduled date and for an unknown period of time (a policy Matt O’Connor has adopted from Leicester) – is in(...)

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is tackled by Shane Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

“Ireland is a pretty significant place for me having played my first Test here . . . ” – Richie McCaw, New Zealand captainOne hundred and twenty two T(...)

England’s Joel Tomkins (right) and Owen Farrell  tackle Australia’s Israel Folau at Twickenham earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

All the talk is of set-piece precision, addling breakdown numbers, consistency. Then there is Israel Folau, an emissary from other codes, another mind(...)

Stephen Moore (centre)  training yesterday with the visiting Wallabies squad at Wanderers RFC in Dublin. Despite being born in Ireland and having strong Irish roots, the  proud Australian  will have no divided loyalties during Saturday’s international against Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Picking over the bones of his Irish roots is close to Stephen Moore’s heart. But what makes it beat faster is a yellow jersey, not green. Moore, the W(...)

Lote Tuqiri (centre). Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Leinster has not ruled out Australian dual Rugby Union and Rugby League international Lote Tuqiri from coming to Dublin to help shore up their outside(...)

Tom Waterhouse and his wife Hoda Vakili

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Matt O’Connor: set to named the new Leinster head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor will be confirmed as Joe Schmidt’s replacement at Leinster on a three-year contract in the coming day(...)