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 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

Mick Dawson: “The schools system is fantastic but also there are an awful lot of other kids outside the traditional rugby playing schools who are playing rugby.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster Rugby are set to open the first of what it hopes will be five centres of excellence throughout the province in Donnybrook next month. The 6(...)

 Ireland’s Jack McGrath in action against the All Blacks at the Aviva in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Early December last year Jack McGrath had an operation on his hip. Speculation then was that he would miss Leinster’s remaining European Cup pool matc(...)

The governing body for European rugby (EPCR) has reassured the clubs which have qualified for the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup and Ch(...)

Conor O’Brien scores a try for Leinster against Ulster in the Pro14 clash at the RDS earlier this month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In January, 2008, Conor O’Brien, aged 11, played for Mullingar minis during the half-time interval of a Heineken Cup match between Leinster and Toulou(...)

Danny Cipriani is back in the Gloucester team to face Munster on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Search for ‘Danny Cipriani fitness’ on Google and the first result to appear is an article in GQ magazine published on Tuesday January 8th: “Danny Cip(...)

The Heineken Cup trophy at St James’ Park, where the final will be held in May. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Heineken Champions Cup returns this weekend - the first real act in what promises to be another defining year for Irish rugby. The three particip(...)

Peter O’Mahony: made an impressive return to the Munster line-up against Connacht at the  Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s a grim old day, the first Monday of the New Year. It had to be grey and damp. That just goes with the territory. The Christmas trees and lights(...)

Exeter’s bonus-point win away to Gloucester keeps their European campaign alive. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gloucester 17-29 Exeter A week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed t(...)

Leinster’s Adam Byrne with Joe Schmidt at an Ireland training session at Carton House.  “He didn’t treat me any differently to anyone else.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On the day Joe Schmidt announced his time as a coach will cease post the 2019 World Cup nothing but nostalgia was going to be on the media menu. The t(...)

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