Andrew Porter

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Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What is it? Ireland start off their Six Nations defence against England, the old enemy, and the hosts are hot favourites. All four Irish provinces ar(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Ireland in their Six Nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

On top of the surprise selection of Robbie Henshaw at fullback instead of Rob Kearney and Josh van der Flier at openside ahead of Seán O’Brien the Ire(...)

Leinster’s Barry Daly scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster 22 Scarlets 17 Considering the plummeting standards, prompted by the absence of so many key players, Leinster coach Leo Cullen can bank vict(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock wins a lineout during the Champions Cup victory over Toulouse. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As statements of intent go, Saturday was vintage. Leinster, missing a third of their international players, showed Europe how a winning culture can be(...)

 Leinster’s Dave Kearney scores a try in the corner. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster 29 Toulouse 13 The two four-time winners had both seen this as something of a litmus test and, unsurprisingly, the champions confirmed the s(...)

Conor O’Brien runs in a try for Leinster in their Guinness PRO14 match against Ulster at the RDS, Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster 40 Ulster 7 The post-match inquisition was brief and perfunctory. Next week’s Champions Cup game against Toulouse at the RDS was greater in (...)

Conor O’Brien scores a fine individual try in the first half of Leinster win over Ulster. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster 40 Ulster 7 It was a victory achieved with a modicum of discomfort. Six tries and a handful of outstanding individual performances ensured a(...)

Leinster’s Max Deegan and Andrew Porter tackle former Ireland U-20 teammate Ulster’s Johnny McPhillips at the RDS last January.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The RDS will stage a quasi reunion on Saturday evening but there’ll be no balloons, bunting or buffet, none of the traditional trappings of conviviali(...)

Ireland international secondrow comes in for Connacht’s Pro 14 interpro game against Ulster at the Showgrounds on Friday night. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht have made four changes for Friday night’s interpro clash against Ulster at the Sportsground (7.35pm) as they look to get over last weekend’s (...)

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