Of the other 11 matches involving Pro14 teams, the only winners were in the Challenge Cup through Benetton and Ulster away to Harlequins last night. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster will meet the Champions Cup winners and Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs in Sandy Park next Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) in a game that will(...)

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 (...)

Peter O’Mahony: “We’ve got to go and win at the weekend and it’s going to be massively difficult because they’re  such a good side.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s never been a European Champions Cup pool finale quite like it, not even in the competition’s Heineken Cup guise. All told, 50 matches have be(...)

Leinster’s Luke McGrath dives over for a try that was later disallowed against the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.    Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster completed an epic weekend for the Irish in Europe, a fourth win out of four for the provinces and their own third from three, to keep the Eng(...)

Touch Judge Joy Neville during the Challenge Cup clash between Bath and Bristol. Photo: Inpho

When she retired from rugby back in 2013, having won 70 caps for Ireland, Joy Neville couldn’t quite envisage what she would be doing three years lat(...)

Connacht loosehead Denis Buckley: his workrate continues to be off the charts, but with outrageous added value to the ball. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

So last week’s “success is failure turned inside out” on Connacht’s 29 years “of doubt”, with Pat Lam’s losing streak in 2013, where “it’s when thing(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley is tackled by Steven Shingler and Johan Snyman of Scarlets at the Sportsground. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the Sportsground last Saturday night, Denis Buckley hadn’t even broken sweat by the time he found himself standing with the other Connacht playe(...)