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Johann van Graan on latest recruit,  Nick McCarthy. “I think he is a brilliant young player. He was captain of the Ireland U-20s . . I like his passing game a lot and I like his running game.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Munster are not directly targeting Leinster’s players according to Johann van Graan, but he insists they will not be put off signing the province’s ne(...)

A runner wears compression socks. File photograph: Getty Images

In 2016 Samsung reported on why socks go missing. Its survey of 2,000 British adults found that a person loses an average of 1.3 socks per month in th(...)

Leinster House: It is understood, although not yet confirmed, that the meeting will be held in the small room usually used by Ministers to host concerned delegations of various hue. It is, after all, neutral territory.

In a small room just off the bridge between Leinster House and Government Buildings, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are today expected to begin the process(...)

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

For once Leinster appeared periodically ill at ease in Toulouse, light years removed from the “comfortable in chaos” ethos that Stuart Lancaster has a(...)

Leinster’s Dan Leavy could return to action for the Pro14 meeting with Benetton this weekend. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan Leavy is set to return to full training with a view to being available for Leinster’s Guinness Pro14 game against Benetton at the Stadio Comunale (...)

Autumn light in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The upcoming Bank Holiday weekend will be noticeably colder than recent days as temperatures gradually drop throughout the week, Met Éireann has said.(...)

Ireland players  after their 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final, at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. File photograph: ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Amongst the many ambitious goals in the IRFU’s Strategic Plan for the next five years, which was launched yesterday, were to reach the World Cup semi-(...)

Ugo Mola, joint head coach of Toulouse, congratulates Yoann Huget and his fellow players after the victory over Leinster at Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

They’d only missed out on qualification for the first time last season, but somehow their absence has felt longer and, it seemed that way for the once(...)

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 (...)

Toulouse’s Maxime Médard runs in to score a try during their Champions Cup win over Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse 28 Leinster 27 Toulouse are nothing like the force of old, and this one will have rankled with Leinster all the way home and into next week,(...)

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