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The Leinster players before the game at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth. Photograph: Ryan Wilkisky/Inpho

Southern Kings 10 Leinster 31 The debate about the merits of the inclusion of the South African franchises in the newly minted Guinness Pro14 league (...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin on his way to scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 match against Cardiff Blues at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 37 Cardiff Blues 9 All cracks get papered over by the ruthless finish. When Ross Byrne, after an unconvincing night until it really mattered(...)

Jordan Lamour will make his Leinster debut on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has given debuts to Scott Fardy and Jordan Larmour for Saturday’s Pro14 opener against the Dragons in Rodney Parade. T(...)

Ireland’s fullback Andrew Conway eludes the tackle of  Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka  during the Test match in Tokyo. Photograph: kazuhiro Nogi/Getty

Ireland 35 Tries: G Ringrose, K Marmion, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, S Reidy Cons: P Jackson (5) Japan 13 Tries: K Matsushima, A Yamada Pen: J Og(...)

Joe Schmidt and members of the Irish squad  in Japan. The successful tour has helped to blood fresh Irish talent.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Face contorted as sharp instructions are barked, subtle nods and hand signals exchanged with fitness guru Jason Cowman, Corporal Schmidt during the I(...)

Jack Conan: “I definitely feel the last two games, I’ve put my hand up and shown I can play at this level and I’m ready to push on.” Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Jack Conan has expanded (in an intimidating way). The Number Eight, and that’s clearly his position, seems enormous from top to bottom. There was alw(...)

Ireland players and management pose for a photo with sumo wrestlers at Shikoroyama-beya in Koto-ward in Tokyo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For this dry run ahead of the 2019 World Cup, it’s long established that Paddy Jackson would feature at outhalf against Japan on Saturday at the Shizu(...)

 Ireland’s James Ryan scores a try just after his introduction in the second half. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 A US Eagles team stocked with collegiate athletes proved no match for Ireland’s coming generation. None at all, and Joe Schmidt pr(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery gets in some kicking practice at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

US Eagles v Ireland, Red Bull Arena, Saturday, 10pm (Irish time) – live Eir Sport Spoken like a true disciple, Rhys Ruddock delivered the gospel acco(...)

Jacob Stockdale (left) will make his Ireland debut against the US Eagles in New Jersey on Saturday night while James Ryan has been named among the replacements. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named five uncapped players to face the US Eagles on Saturday in Harrison, New Jersey (kick-off 10pm Irish time, Live on(...)

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