Jamie Heaslip leads his Leinster team onto the field before their Champions Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Money pouring into Anglo-French rugby bodes ill for aspirations of Celtic sides in future

Leinster might be able to obtain a licence to sell alcohol inside the Aviva Stadium for a Good Friday quarter-final, but there would still be a huge loss economically to the local area. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Province requests tea-time Saturday slot for crunch meeting with rivals Bath

Andy Goode of Wasps misses a drop goal in the last minute  to win the game. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Missed opportunities and loss of tempo in second half almost costs them against Wasps

Wasp’s Andy Goode reacts after missing a late drop goal attempt against Leinster at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Home quarter-final against Bath the reward after draw against Wasps

Luke Fitzgerald: “I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m happy, I think I’m playing well.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Long-term injury problems behind him as he finds run of form

Australian says some of criticism directed at team this year has been unjustified

Munster welcome back Keith Earls for his first start of the season, after two appearances off the bench. Photograph: James Crombie/ Inpho

After inconsistent campaign, the province need to revive the Thomond Park factor

Matt O’Connor’s men have run into form and can repel Wasps outfit reborn at Ricoh Arena

Leinster’s Sean Cronin in action last Saturday. The province seems to have more access to private backing than its Irish counterparts. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Gerry Thornley: It could be the first season in 17 with no Irish team in the knock-out stages

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