Cheslin Kolbe

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Conor O’Brien scores a try for Leinster against Ulster in the Pro14 clash at the RDS earlier this month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In January, 2008, Conor O’Brien, aged 11, played for Mullingar minis during the half-time interval of a Heineken Cup match between Leinster and Toulou(...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne blocks a kick by Exeter Chiefs Nic White during the clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Typical. Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne are both named Heineken man of the match after their respective wins with Ulster and Munster, whereupon bot(...)

 Leinster’s Dave Kearney fields Ross Byrne’s crossfield kick to score a try desptie the attempted tackle from  Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 29 Toulouse 13 As their historic double demonstrated, last season Leinster didn’t just have the best team in Europe but the best squad. Thi(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier tackles Toulouse’s   Yoann Huget during the Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the hurly-burly of a match it can be difficult to remain emotionally detached, casting a dispassionate eye over every contact point, collision, ta(...)

 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(...)

Toulouse assistant coach Regis Sonnes. “We have a very young team, but with big potential and we are growing.” Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images

It’s still early days in the 2018-19 season. They don’t hand out trophies in January any more. But Toulouse are back alright, and seemingly with a ven(...)

Ross Byrne: “He leads the team well; he’s a very clear understanding of what’s expected and how we want to play the game. So, no issues with Ross, he’s been fantastic,” says Leo Cullen. Photograph: Laszlo

Heineken Champions Cup Pool Two, Leinster v Toulouse Venue: RDS Kick-off: 1pm On TV: Live On Virgin Media, Ch4, BT Sport If(...)

 Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the trophy after Leinster’s Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao, Spain. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been something of a slow burner but the concluding pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup look like bringing the competition vibrantly to life(...)

 Ben Morgan: Munster will have to restrain the impact of  Gloucester’s primary ball carrier  at Kingsholm. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

There are some familiar names in terms of the headline performers statistically in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup ahead of the weekend’s round f(...)

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster at squad training in Energia Park, Donnybrook on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The animation in Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster’s tone illustrated that it is not just players who are exercised by the prospect of being invo(...)

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