Cian Healy

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Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw avails of an intercept to score a try against Ulster during the  Pro14 final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

LEINSTER 27 ULSTER 5 Defences win championships goes the old adage, and few final wins underlined the point like this one. Of course, few teams know(...)

Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Pro14 trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14 final: Leinster 27 Ulster 5 The Leinster Machine keeps on churning out the wins and the titles. The cast may change, what with 53 players used (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne has been tasked with the outhalf position for the Pro14 final against Ulster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pro14 final: Leinster v Ulster Kick-off: 7.35pm, Saturday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 7pm. On TV: Li(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Leinster’s Ronan Kelleher scores a try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 13 Munster 3 Crowds or no crowds, Leinster and familiarity reigns. The serial trophy hunters stand within a game of a unique third Pro14 tit(...)

Leinster’s Will Connors in action against Ulster last weekend. Photograph: Inpho

Will Connors has been rewarded for his impressive form by being named in the Leinster XV for their Pro14 semi-final against Munster on Friday night at(...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try in the Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France on February 7th, 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll had barely turned 20 when he announced himself to the world in his rookie season with that hat-trick in Paris. He was only 21 when he(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout ball in their Guinness Pro14 match against Leinster at  Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Relying on bare statistics to inform any post-match analysis generally doesn’t convey the full picture and can, at times, be slightly misleading or la(...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

RG Snyman ices his knee during Munster’s defeat to Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster coach Johann van Graan will have to drill down into his secondrow resources following injuries to RG Snyman and Jean Kleyn during Saturday’s 2(...)

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