Darragh Fanning scores a try for Leinster as they come back to beat Wasps in their  European  Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster overcome a 20-8 deficit with a fine second-half performance inspired by captain Jamie Heaslip

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan goes over in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Heaslip proves a towering force as Matt O’Connor’s men dig deep to down Wasps

Dave Foley celebrates victory against Toulouse with teammates Damien Varley and Conor Murray in the  Heineken Cup quarter-final in April 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster lock Dave Foley is eager to make his mark for both province and country

Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Robin Copeland compete during the recent Guinness Pro12 clash. The stakes will be raised this weekend as the two sides face English teams in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster, Leinster and Ulster face English teams in the new-look European Cup

Leinster’s Michael Bent scrums down against Munster’s Stephen Archer. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Injury-hit province should have enough in tank to see off Premiership rivals

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

New era in Europe may see Irish provinces lose out to super rich French and English sides

Racing Metro kicking coach Ronan O’Gara:  “Nowadays there are internationals who are average, so that signing an international doesn’t really mean that much.” Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Former Munster outhalf on Irish prospects in Europe and French financial clout

‘Munster coach Anthony Foley during training at the University of Limerick yesterday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster coach believes ‘you get what you deserve out of this competition’ as they prepare for trip to take on English Premiership (...)

 Bruce Craig, EPCR board member and member of the executive committee. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

‘The Irish are very pragmatic. They realised what they’d had couldn’t last for ever’

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