Leinster’s Johnny Sexton is subsitituted injured during their Champions Cup win over Bath. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland outhalf limped off injured during Leinster’s Champions Cup win on Saturday

Stuart Lancaster has said he is happy at Leinster amid rumours that he may leave. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster coach linked with jobs in England as well as with Andy Farrell at Ireland

Stuart Lancaster has insisted he is ‘very happy’ with life at Leinster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lancaster’s contract up at end of the season with discussions ongoing over a renewal

Robbie Henshaw could miss the start of Ireland’s 2019 Six Nations campaign. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton expected to be fit for Leinster’s Aviva Stadium clash with Bath

Referee Angus Gardner awards a penalty to Ireland during the final Six Nations match of 2018 against England. Photo: Steve Bardens - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images

Referee from Grand Slam win in Twickenham will do Ireland’s final game again

Hugo Keenan of Leinster during a recent Pro14 clash against Dragons at Rodney Parade. Photo: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Different form of game polarises opinion but provinces are beginning to reap rewards

Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during day one of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Photo: Karim Sahib/Getty Images

Irish pair look to salvage season and complete third tourmament success for Ireland

Danny Willett celebrates his victory in Dubai with caddie Sam Haywood. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

First title for Willett since 2016 Masters as Francesco Molinari wins race to Dubai

 Danny Willett during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy to break his traditional curfew to stay up and watch Ireland v All Blacks

 Matt Wallace d plays his second shot on the 18th hole on  day two of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, UAE. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

McIlroy three shots off the lead after carding 67 in second round

Cormac Sharvin: finished one stroke outside the mark that rewarded the top 25 players and ties with a full European Tour card. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

Ardglass golfer misses out by a gut-wrenching one shot at Qualifying School

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 13th hole during day two of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Four-time Major winner was paired alongside Patrick Reed for the second round

 Rory McIlroy  plays his second shot from a bunker on the fourth hole during the first round day one of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates  in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

World No 7 has no issue with Paul McGinley’s comments on his playing schedule

 Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood during day one of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy the best of the Irish after first round of DP World Tour Championship

Tommy Fleetwood of England walks over a waterfall during the DP World Tour Championship ProAm held at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy has a new driver in the bag as he hopes to finish the season with a first win

Shane Lowry is hoping for a high finish to boost his Race to Dubai rankings at the DP World Tour Championship this week. Photo: EPA

Offaly golfer says he will be watching and is hoping for a late tee-time on Sunday

Lee Westwood of England is sprayed with champagne by partner and caddie, Helen Storey after winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

English golfer won for the first time in four years last week with his partner on the bag

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays an approach shot to the fifth green during the DP World Tour Championship ProAm at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Former tournament host says he is looking to play the week before each Major next year

Devin Toner made a big impact coming off the replacements bench against the Pumas. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Our writers pick the Irish sides they want to see take on the mighty All Blacks

Rory McIlroy ahead of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai. Photograph: AP

‘If I don’t fulfil my membership, it’s not a Ryder Cup year so it’s not end of the world’

Ireland’s Will Addison is tackled by  Argentina’s Matias Orlando  during the international clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster player coped remarkably well given his first unexpected home international start

Bundee Aki bursts to score for Ireland against Argentina. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

John O’Sullivan looks at the Ireland side who battled to victory over Argentina in Dublin

Ireland’s match against Argentina in 1990 was the first time that the IRFU handed out caps for games against the Pumas. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The first time that the IRFU handed out caps for games against Argentina was in 1990

Argentina captain Pablo Matera. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Meet Mario Ledesma’s XV looking to disrupt Ireland’s November plans at the Aviva

Johnny Sexton during Friday’s captain’s run ahead of Ireland’s clash with Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A look at Joe Schmidt’s starting XV set to take on Los Pumas at the Aviva Stadium

Argentina’s Emiliano Boffelli scores a try in the Rugby Championship, despite a tackle from Ardie Savea of New Zealand. Photograph: Inpho

John O'Sullivan: during the Rugby Championship Pumas averaged three tries a match

Andrew Conway: “If you are playing wing and fullback and chopping and changing each week then it’s on me or whoever is doing that job to do it seamlessly.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Versatile Munster back has worked hard on his game to progress at international level

Rob Kearney may return for the All Blacks test. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rob Kearney won’t play at weekend against Pumas but may return against All Blacks

Ireland squad member Rob Herring will start for Ulster against Benetton Treviso. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Presence of several experienced Italian internationals could prove decisive to outcome

Tyler Bleyendaal: returns to the starting Munster line-up for the first time in eight months. Photograph: Dom Barnardt/Inpho

Bleyendaal’s return to action a significant boost for visiting coach Van Graan

Ed Byrne: “Especially on the loosehead side of things it’s very competitive, so everyone’s hungry for game time and wanting to make the most of it when they get it.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Experienced Fardy and Leavy also included in the starting XV against Southern Kings

John O’Sullivan looks at the Irish selection to face Italy in Chicago

Italy’s centre Michele Campagnaro will captain the side against Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

A look at Conor O’Shea’s starting 15 who will look to cause an upset at Soldier Field

Connacht’s Eoin Griffin could make his 100th appearance in their Pro14 clash with Dragons. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Andy Friend has made a number of changes due to players away on international duty

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has left the Ireland squad to play for the province in their Pro12 meeting with Bennetton. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Academy player James Hume will make his first senior start for the province

Conor Murray and Kieran Marmion: the Connacht scrumhalf   has had the misfortune of being an unused replacement on six occasions for Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland could take a leaf from All Blacks book and ensure all replacements get game time

Leinster’s Dan Leavy is in the squad for their Pro14 meeting with Southern Kings this weekend. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Despite being named in Ireland squad for November series, Leavy will head south

Leinster’s assistant coach Felipe Contepomi: ‘Definitely, I feel very happy with the philosophy in Leinster.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster’s backs coach is positive about the challenge faced by the squad in South Africa

Rob Kearney will be assessed by IRFU medics after suffering a shoulder injury in Leinster’s Pro14 win over Benetton. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Fullback suffered a shoulder injury during Leinster’s win over Benetton in Italy

Leinster’s Jack McGrath and Cian Healy “It’s peculiar, two top-quality looseheads fighting for the one position in the same club.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Most of the Irish squad that don’t travel to the US likely to start against Argentina

Leinster’s Max Deegan passes to Jamison Gibson-Park in their Pro14 clash against Benetton at  Stadio Monigo in Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini

Bonus-point victory puts visitors at top of league table after rainswept clash in Treviso

Johann van Graan: his Munster team trail Glasgow Warriors by 10 points in the table with a modest record of three wins from six matches. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Coach van Graan has named strong team despite seven changes from last weekend

Sean O’Brien: will captain the Leinster side against Treviso in Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cullen’s side unlikely to underestimate Treviso following shock home defeat last season

Bundee Aki starts in the Connacht midfield for Friday’s trip to play the Ospreys in Bridgend. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

All four players picked for November series by Joe Schmidt will line out in Bridgend

Ireland’s Robert Baloucoune is tackled by Stephen Tomasin of the USA  during the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham in June 2018.  Baloucoune  makes his Ulster debut on the right wing. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Centre pairing of Addison and McCloskey could play together for Ireland in November

Johnny Sexton revealed that he vomited at half-time of  the autumn international against New Zealand in 2010 due to the intensity of the first half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland outhalf relishing another cut off world’s top side in November

 Johnny Sexton and Sheila Moylette with Mark McGee and Martha O’Herlihy as the Ireland international yesterday announced a new partnership with MACE as a brand ambassador. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Outhalf admits the pressure is now on in Champions Cup after loss to Toulouse

 Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani is sent off by referee Alexandre Ruiz during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Munster at Thomond Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Consistency in interpretation and administration of the law the greatest challenge

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Assistant coach says he could have prepared team better for intense atmosphere in France

Leinster’s Dan Leavy could return to action for the Pro14 meeting with Benetton this weekend. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Meanwhile, Fergus McFadden sustained a high grade hamstring injury in training

Joey Carbery celebrates scoring Munster’s third try in the victory over Gloucester at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Carbery and Beirne impressive as Van Graan’s side claim bonus point victory

Danny Cipriani’s shoulder makes contact with Rory Scannell’s face, leading to a red card for the Gloucester player at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

World Rugby’s hard line on high tackles means intent of player is irrelevant

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell lies injured during the Heineken European Champions Cup clash with Gloucester at Thomond Park. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It was a somewhat hollow victory for Munster with three injuries suffered in the process

Gloucester outhalf Danny Cipriani is sent off by referee Alexandre Ruiz during the Heineken Champions Cup  match at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Danny Cipriani’s first-half sending off changed course of Champions Cup tie

Mathieu Bastareaud: returns to the Toulon side for the visit to Edinburgh  after serving a five-week suspension. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Forward power can help Castres pip Exeter in one of weekend’s most intriguing ties

Tommy O’Donnell: will don  the number seven jersey for the game against Gloucester at Thomond Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

If Van Graan’s side deliver, Thomond will again seem an imposing fortress to Gloucester

Will Addison  takes on Leicester Tigers’ Kyle Eastmond during the Champions Cup clash  at the Kingspan Stadium last week in Belfast. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Versatile Ulster player set to be included in the Ireland squad for the November Tests

England wing Jonny May has recovered from his shoulder injury to face Scarlets in the  Heineken Champions Cup.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

No Welsh team has triumphed at Welford Road against the Tigers

Ireland’s Bundee Aki jumps on teammate Johnny Sexton with Jordi Murphy as they celebrate winning the third Test against Australia in Sydney. Photograph: David Moir/EPA

Renowned coaching consultant impressed by culture at Connacht and Munster

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Brad Shields of Wasps in the lineout during last week’s Heineken Cup game. Toner admits his side were forced to make adjustments.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Statistics: Champions Cup referees have clamped down on offences out of touch

Toulouse’s New Zealand number eight Jerome Kaino will not feature against Leinster. Photograph: Getty Images

Jerome Kaino is banned for five weeks and Lucas Pointud for four weeks after Bath win

Devin Toner: “They’re going to want to come out and come at us, come at the champions, as every team is going to want to do.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Secondrow braced for the serious test posed by four-time Champions Cup winners Toulouse

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell scores a   try against Bath  during the Gallagher Premiership match at the Recreation Ground, Bath.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Starving high-flying Exeter of possession will be a key objective in Sandy Park showdown

Leinster’s James Lowe is congratulated by Ross Byrne after scoring a try during the Pro14 win over Munster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster man was immense on Saturday and can be a big presence going forward

Scrumhalf will provide cover for Conor Murray and Alby Mathewson at the province

Louis O’Hara (Athenry) celebrates holing a  35 foot putt on the 16th green in the final of the Barton Shield the  AIG Cups and Shields Finals at Thurles Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Cashman

Age no barrier as five pensioners help guide Nenagh to Pierce Purcell success

Ian Holmes (Athlone) lining up his putt on the 13th green in the semi final of the Pierce Purcell Shield at the 2018 AIG Cups and Shields Finals at Thurles Golf Club today (04/10/2018). Picture by Pat Cashman

Cups and Shields: Nenagh preparations pay off in the Pierce Purcell Shield

At the  All Ireland League launch at the  Aviva Stadium were (L-R) Daire Feeney (UCC), Mick Noone (Clontarf), Alan Fitzgerald (Garryowen), Colm Hogan (TCD), Alan Kennedy (Young Munster), Jack O Sullivan (Lansdowne), Will Leonard (Shannon), Stephen McVeigh (UCD), Michael Melia (Terenure College) and Gary Bradley (Cork Constitution). Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stats show 74 academy players accounted for 552 starts in Divisions 1A and 1B last season

Lansdowne’s Jack O’Sullivan tackles Garryowen’s Andrew O’Byrne during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Talented backrow more than happy to bide his time All-Ireland League with Lansdowne

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Wild Geese: Olding’s impressive form helps Brive to another victory in French Pro D2

Connacht left wing  Matt Healy: he has playing every minute of the team’s four matches this season

Connacht have used 33 players during the same period, and lean more heavily on a core group

Leinster’s Scott Fardy: ‘We have to go up against each other and challenge each other on a week-in, week-out basis.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Australian preparing for clash against Connacht after his side’s 47-10 drubbing last April

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien: “He’s back and he’s good, and the medics are happy.” Photograph: Getty Images

Forwards coach John Fogarty speaks of the hurt following Leinster’s 47-10 thumping at the Sportsground last season

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier: “I’ve done about seven months of gym, three or four times a week, so I’m probably the strongest I’ve ever been.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster rugby player and Dublin GAA star had knee surgery by Ray Moran in February

Seán O’Brien is on the verge of returning to action for Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland and Lions flanker last appeared for the province against Benetton in April

 Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at the RDS in 2017. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leavy in line to return to side for match in which Sexton will make his 150th appearance

Seán O’Brien, Peter McCabe, Bundee Aki and Eoin Griffin at a Connacht squad training sesion at Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14 preview: Connacht v Scarlets, Sportsground (5.15, live on TG4, Premier Sports)

Ulster’s Angus Kernohan scoring  a try against Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph:   Richard Huggard/Inpho

The 19-year-old Ballymena wing is selected to play against Cheetahs

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan: he  started the matches against the Cheetahs and Warriors at outhalf, before being replaced by Joey Carbery just after half-time in Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

CJ Stander to make first Munster appearance of the season against Cardiff Blues

Marcell Coetzee of Ulster in action during the Guinness Pro14 clash with  Southern Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last Sunday. Photograph: Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Unbeaten province's players lead the way statistically after three rounds of the Pro14

Blackrock player Michelle Claffey: “It’s nice to have someone there who has coached women before and can understand where we’re coming from.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland player says arrival of new coach Philip Doyle to Blackrock is ‘fantastic’

Jamison Gibson-Park enjoyed a huge influence on the game and was a deserved man of the match against the Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Despite scoring two tries the Leinster scrumhalf believes he has much to improve in his game

Leinster prop  Tadhg Furlong on his way to scoring  a try despite the tackle from Tavis Knoyle of the Dragons at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side capitalise on absence of Ross Moriarty who was sin binned for late dunt on Sexton

Johnny Sexton kicks past Jack Dixon of the Dragons during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Number nine Jamison Gibson-Park among those to impress in seven-try victory

Dan McFarland: his charges have begun the new season with wins over Scarlets and Edinburgh. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Coach McFarland makes three changes in the pack for the trip to Southern Kings

Head coach Leo Cullen and Leinster captain Jonathan Sexton. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New captain in line for first start of season as Cullen welcomes back internationals

 Connacht’s head coach Andy Friend: “We face a big challenge in Murrayfield.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In-form youngster Paul Boyle has been selected for Edinburgh challenge on Friday

Munster’s Joey Carbery has been handed his first start for their clash with Ospreys in the Pro14. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have made a raft of changes for first game on the new 3G pitch at Musgrave Park

Munster’s John Hodnett is tackled by Peter Robb of Connacht during the Celtic Cup match last weekend. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Celtic Cup has made some difference but meaningful fixtures are still limited for many

Jordan Larmour: “The things in my game that need work, I want to try and bring them up and be more of a rounded player.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster back likened to All Black Damian McKenzie by senior coach Stuart Lancaster

Dominic Ryan of Leicester Tigers tackles  George North of Northampton  Saints during the fateful Aviva Premiership match  at Franklin’s Gardens on September 9th, 2017.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leicester flanker announces his retirement as head injuries take a career-ending toll

Leinster’s Barry Daly is tackled by Cardiff Blues’ Matthew Morgan during their Pro14 encounter. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Province scraped past Cardiff in opening game and were questionable in defence

Robbie Henshaw: “We know every opposition this year will be better, so we ourselves need to be a better team.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Centre will try and help Leinster and Ireland defend their titles before World Cup beckons

Rob Kearney would like to extend his contract beyond 2019. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

His return date to the match environment is pencilled in for Pro14 round two or three

Ollie Campbell: led Ireland to their first ever  Test series win (2-0) in Australia in 1979.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In 1979 Ireland recorded a Test series win in Australia and Galway lost the hurling final

Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 16th green during round one of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Tiger Woods was also placed nicely after a solid 66 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Clontarf and Galwegians in action at Castle Avenue. Photograph: Eric Luke

Many men’s and women’s AIL club fixtures to be played on the same day

Simon Zebo: will begin a new chapter in his career later this month with Racing 92 in the French Top 14 Championship. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seven former Munster players are preparing for the new season in France's Top 14

Joey Carbery: moved from Leinster to Munster

Leinster contemplate Contepomi as Munster look forward to Carbery’s influence

Glasgow’s Celtic Park will hold the 2018/19 Pro 14 final. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA

Home of Celtic Football Club will host its first rugby union fixture on Saturday May 25th

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