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Guinness Pro14 champions Leinster’s first home game is  against the Dragons on Saturday, September 15th. Photograph: Billy  Stickland/Inpho

Leinster will begin the defence of the Guinness Pro14 title against the Cardiff Blues on Friday, August 31st. The champions will take the field in a (...)

Ulster’s Charles Piutau. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho

Ulster v Ospreys, Kinspan Stadium, Sunday, 3.05pm - Live BBC & S4C Given all that has transpired on and off the pitch this season, the last thing(...)

The Leinster Rugby Squad at training in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/ INPHO

I love Bruce Springsteen. “The Boss”, as Springsteen is universally known, has woven his poetry of love, heartbreak, tragedy, joy, sacrifice, justice,(...)

Racing’s   Joe Rokocoko:  “This is a totally different team to what we’d had.” Photograph: Getty Images

Leinster will bring more to the European Champions Cup final than Saracens did when they beat Racing two years ago in the 2016 final. Despite the cons(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action with  Ryan Elias of Scarlets in February 2018. Photograph: Byran Keane/Inpho

Coaching is an alchemy of sports science and art. In the 25 years I have been coaching senior rugby, the science of coaching has improved but the art (...)

 Leinster supporters attending the  European Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets will pay €25 for the cheapest category 5 ticket. Photograph: Getty Images

There are significant differences in the price of tickets for Leinster’s European Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets on April 21st and Munster’(...)

TV3 will air live coverage of next season’s Champions Cup. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

European rugby’s premier club competition will be shown on terrestrial television for the first time since 2003 next season. Champions Cup fixtures a(...)

Tyler Bleyendaal returned to training this week for the first time since being sidelined in October with an injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyler Bleyendaal looks set to give Munster a timely boost as they begin their preparations in earnest for next month’s Champions Cup quarter-final aga(...)

Josh Murphy: “Josh is very abrasive,” said Leo Cullen, “he gets through a mountain of work and that’s what coaches like.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster v Ulster, RDS, 5.35pm (Live TG4, BBC NI, Sky Sports) Strap in, because the rugby does not let up until May. Now we see why Leinster never w(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: “We have got a long way to go. We have got a bit of confidence at this stage but every week is different.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Never mind not having a pre-season in which to bed in his methods and philosophy, this week Johann van Graan has been pitched in at the deep end. Afte(...)

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