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 James Lowe in action for the Maori All Blacks against Japan in 2014. Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Leinster have confirmed the signing of 24 year-old back James Lowe from Super Rugby side the Chiefs. The 6’2” Maori All Blacks player has made 39 app(...)

Ballymena’s Conor Smith and Edward Daly of UL Bohemians  in action during the Division 1B clash at Eaton Park. UL Bohemians won 30-23. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

Garryowen were the big losers in Ulster Bank League Division 1A over the weekend, falling from fifth to eighth place courtesy of a 19-3 defeat at Dubl(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery with Damien Hoyland of Edinburgh during their Pro12 clash. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster and the IRFU have awarded senior contracts to seven members of the Blues’ academy, including Joey Carbery. Ross Byrne, Nick McCarthy, Rory (...)

Italy clash will be Cian Healy’s first Six Nations start since March 2015.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“He was never without misery, and never without hope.”  – Joseph Heller in Catch-22. Cian Healy, the prop called Church, who began as a seemingl(...)

Leinster and Ireland’s loss was Wasps’ gain when Martin Moore left for pastures new. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sopranos opened an episode once with Frank Sinatra crooning It Was A Very Good Year as Tony and the crew emptied a brown paper bag of cash on the(...)

Dan Leavy in action against Castres at the RDS. Leavy, happily injury free, has consistently delivered on his prodigious ability this season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Scarlets v Leinster, Parc y Scarlets (7.35, live on BBC Wales) Leinster coach Leo Cullen will know more about the depth of his playing roster, both(...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath with Robbie Henshaw and Jamison Gibson-Park after their win against Munster in the Pro12. Photo: Inpho

Jack McGrath was the first professional rugby player in Ireland to allow his name, face and story to be used in the Tackle Your Feelings campaign. L(...)

Jack Conan will captain Leinster in Navan.

The green shoots of the rugby season will be visible in Navan tomorrow when Leinster host their provincial siblings Ulster in the first of several pre(...)

Ian Nagle takes part in a Leinster training session at Greystones RFC earlier in August. The former Munster lock is in line to make his debut against Ulster in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Navan RFC. Photograph:   Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster coach Leo Cullen has named seven internationals in a 32-man squad for the province’s opening pre-season game against Ulster at Navan RFC on S(...)

 Graham Henry watches on during a Leinster training session at Greystones RFC, Dr Hickey Park. “If you can pass on some of that experience about what helped you get better – it must be a positive, hopefully.” Photograph: Sportsfile

Odd yet a welcome sight: Graham Henry unsmiling mug in amongst Leinster preseason training. Quietly conferring with Leo Cullen and his former pupil Is(...)

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