Leinster centre   Robbie Henshaw Henshaw adds so much to their defence, and their go-forward ball. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Leinster v Toulouse Kick off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The (...)

Munster’s Niall Scannell and Peter O’Mahony during the captain’s run at  Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photograph: Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

Leinster and Ulster fans show their colours during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What is it about Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final weekend? It very rarely fails to deliver. The four ties over the weekend produced 22 tries and (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 5.30pm (On TV: Live on BT Sport) It doesn’t necessarily follow that away wins are the precursor(...)

Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad just announced for the four-match November window represents a significant landmark on the road to the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No less than last summer’s tour, the announcement of the 42-man squad for the forthcoming four-match November window felt like a significant landmark (...)

Toulouse’s Maxime Médard celebrates as  his side win a late peanlty to effectively end the game against Leinster at Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A week is a long time, and all that. Things were always going to get tougher in round two, but even so yesterday’s third Irish defeat of the weekend (...)