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“I cannot describe how it feels to have lived that dream for nearly all my life. The journey has been an uncompromising obsession filled with memories I will cherish forever.”

Former Ireland scrumhalf Peter Stringer has retired from rugby to bring down the curtain on a decorated professional career spanning two decades. Str(...)

Pool 1 after the draw for next year’s Heineken Cup in  Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So much for the elevated status of Leinster as this year’s European champions and one of the protected top seeds for next season’s Heineken Cup. Coa(...)

Leinster prop Jack McGrath at a press conference ahead the Pro14 final against Scarlets. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

A Leinster team that is predictably unpredictable finds approval with Jack McGrath. The idea comes from the prop with a certain Stuart Lancaster accen(...)

This year’s Champions Cup final will be played in Bilbao. Photograph: Inpho

State of Play Saturday’s Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92 will be held at the rebuilt 53,000-seater San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao. Th(...)

 The Leinster team celebrate their Heineken Cup Final win in 2011.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne’s defeat to Racing 92 in the Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Michelin earlier this month has denied Leinster an opportunity(...)

Leinster supporters during the European Champions Cup semi-final match at the Aviva. Photograph: Sportsfile

Best laid plans Leinster’s signing of Australian international Scott Fardy as a locked in secondrow player has shown how the best laid plans often ne(...)

Scott Fardy: “You want to try to win trophies; you shouldn’t be playing if you don’t want to do that.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Scott Fardy exudes a singular focus that is trained squarely on preparing for Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final against the Scarlets at the Aviva St(...)

Ronan’s smoking like an incinerator and it’s obvious that there’s something on his mind. “Rosser,” he goes, “I need some muddy.” I’m like, “Money?” (...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton-inspired comeback in the 2011 Heineken Cup final, when the Irish province overturned a 16-point interval deficit against th(...)

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