Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Italy’s flanker Jimmy Tuivaiti  tackles Ireland’s centre Chris Farrell during the Six Nations international clash at the   Olympic stadium in Rome. Photograph: Cincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty

Ireland came, saw and while they didn’t quite conquer the Italians, they registered a bonus point 26-16 win after trailing at half-time to keep their (...)

Warren Gatland: some of the stuff thrown at him in Irish rugby circles  over the years only proves how much more sinned against than sinner he has been. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Warren Gatland’s expression is doleful at the best of times. But he must be particularly woebegone at the prospect of the run-in to this Saturday’s Si(...)

Zane Kirchner in action for South Africa against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last year. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Leinster are hoping to have new signing Zane Kirchner released before his contract expires on October 31st. This would make him available for t(...)

Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll offloads in the tackle at Stadio del Tricolore.  Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Zebre 22 Leinster 41: Leinster leap-frogged Glasgow into second place with a bonus-point victory over Zebre yesterday, putting them firmly in range(...)

Munster's James Downey (top), Stephen Archer and Tommy O'Donnell tackle Seán O’Brien of Leinster during Saturday’s hectic RaboDirect  Pro 12 encounter at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I’ve my homework done in advance of next week’s encounter in Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, between Clermont and Munster and am very excited (...)

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster are hoping that the IRFU will expedite the process of finding a successor to Declan Kidney as coach to the national side if their pref(...)

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt was damning in his reaction to the incident involving Paul O’Connell and winger Dave Kearney in last weekend’s PRO12(...)

A dejected  Paul O’Connell leaves the field following the defeat by Leinster at Thomond Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Munster will find out today if the citing commissioner at Saturday's derby in Thomond Park, Eddie Walsh, will cite the Munst(...)

Munster's Paul O'Connell tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back, the rivalry that has defined Irish rugby in the professional era more than any other, and last weekend’s European wins in London, e(...)

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