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There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Jack McGrath at Carton House, Co Kildare. “Everyone goes through peaks and troughs. If you’re worrying the whole time, it is mentally draining.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sometimes the solution is hidden in plain view. Six weeks ago Jack McGrath spoke honestly about returning for pre-season training under-cooked physica(...)

 Ireland lost Six Nations matches against Scotland  and Wales, finished second in the tournament and won the other nine Test matches they played last year.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Statistics are nothing more than a neatly arranged set of numbers without context. For example to say that one group of married men spend over half th(...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

Rose Byrne: mans the outhalf berth for Leinster against Montpellier. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Montpellier v Leinster, Altrad Stadium, Saturday, 1.0, Irish time - Live on Sky Sports Leo Cullen’s uncanny judgement in rotating players without com(...)

 Garry Ringrose: recovering following an operation on his ankle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster believes Garry Ringrose is already showing willingness to make a return after an operation on his ankle, which will ke(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier tackling Connacht forward Shane Delahunt during his side’s victory at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A whistle-stop tour of Leinster’s injury situation ahead of Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 game against Ulster at the RDS (5.35, live on TG4, Sky Sports, B(...)

Jack McGrath leading his team out as Leinster captain against Munster: 'It was a massive honour and a bit of a surprise to be honest.' Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The GPS unit is rugby’s all-seeing eye, there’s no escaping or disputing the numbers as it monitors the physical output of players in training and mat(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander acts as scrum half during their Test win over Fiji at the Aviva stadium. Photo: Paul Walsh/Action Plus via Getty Images

A cameo role as Ireland captain last week has drawn CJ Stander into a different arena within the Irish team. From a distance he has been the dynamic, (...)

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