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Jack Conan in action against  Pierre Bourgarit of La Rochelle during the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final. The Lions squad member will start for Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Connacht v Leinster, Sportsground (7.35, live on Eir Sport, TG4) Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has included three players selected for the British(...)

Ronan Michael is the only Irish professional player in Super League in the last decade.

Rewind a few years. No one tells it like he does. It was two months out from his Leaving Cert. Ronan Michael was rugby mad. Loved playing. Loved the g(...)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland announced his squad on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Warren Gatland has confirmed that Johnny Sexton’s “durability” was the prime factor in overlooking the two-time Lions’ outhalf and this year’s Six Nat(...)

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions for the tour to South Africa. Photograph: 
Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  Backs   Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Position: Fullback Age: 28 Club: Exeter Caps: 85 Lions Tests: 0 Form guide: Scotland captain (...)

Richie English’s return is a big boost for  Limerick ahead of the start of the Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork Manager: Kieran Kingston 2020: 4th There was something miserable about Cork last year, beyond the caricature of flailing around in awful condit(...)

There were further examples this weekend of  French television coverage of matches in European tournaments not showing any ‘worthwhile’ replays of any contentious moments that do not favour the French club. File photograph: Inpho

French TV coverage La Rochelle were worthy and deserving winners and Leinster can have no complaints based on their performance but one aspect of the(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne dejected after their 32-23 loss to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Sunday. Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Inpho

So, no five-star Heineken Champions Cup final after all, rather a sixth all-French final after La Rochelle thoroughly eclipsed Leinster to earn a deci(...)

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Gerry Thornley The parameters are different from four years ago. Back then, in those wild, crazy, pre-pandemic days, Warren Gatland was permitted to (...)

La Rochelle’s Will Skelton against Gloucester in the Champions Cup Round of 16 at Kingsholm Stadium, England. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/InphoLa

Not the least disconcerting factor for Leinster’s prospects in La Rochelle on Sunday is the presence of Jono Gibbes and Ronan O’Gara in the home coach(...)

Munster’s Ronan O’Gara goes by Bryce Williams and Malcolm O’Kelly of Leinster during their Heineken Cup semi-final in 2006. Photograph:  Getty Images/Inpho

“Ollie Campbell organised it for me; it was an extension of my childhood – we got paid and I got an apartment, and there were a couple of restaurants (...)

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