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Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Joe Rokocoko reckons Leinster will have enogh to see off Saracens in the Champions Cup final. Photo: Dave Winter/Icon Sport

Racing 92’s former All Black wing Joe Rokocoko has faced both Saracens (2016) and Leinster (2018) in Champions Cup finals and in his experience he fee(...)

Paddy Johns in action for  Saracens  during a  match against  Leicester at Enfield in August 1996. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/Allsport

The greening of Saracens Part II Former Ireland captain and secondrow Paddy Johns was highly regarded during his three years at Saracens, not just by(...)

Saracens’ Darragh O’Mahony in action in the English Premiership in  2004. He played 142 times for the club. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

The greening of Saracens part one Saracens teams have included the great and the good of world rugby down through their history and that includes sev(...)

Leinster hooker Sean Cronin has been struggling with a calf injury. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster are “optimistic” that Sean Cronin will be available for their Champions Cup final against Saracens later this week. The Irish hooker has been(...)

Connacht meet Ulster in a Pro14 quarter-final which isn’t quite a quarter-final this weekend. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There are some deep mysteries in the game of rugby. For example, in other sports, numbering the team lists would seem pretty straightforward. With 23 (...)

Peter O’Mahony at Munster Rugby squad training in UL, Limerick on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

On March 16th, as we all know, Wales sealed the Grand Slam with that 25-7 win over Ireland at a packed Principality Stadium. Well deserved it was, too(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after his side’s victory in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The views expressed by Israel Folau and Billy Vunipola do not represent the rugby community, our ethos, ethics or values. They are not us. Rugby’s on(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney   charges upfield  in their 30-12 win over Toulouse at the Aviva. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Three years ago, when Stuart Lancaster first came aboard, Leinster were three-time Heineken Cup champions, and the prospect of winning a fourth, much (...)

Rhys Ruddock in action against Ulster in the  Champions Cup quarter-final. “When I do finish I want to feel like I’ve given everything I can to make all my dreams and aspirations come true.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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

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