Cian Healy

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Leo Cullen: has experienced surprising defeats at the RDS to visiting English sides both as Leinster captain and coach. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS Arena, 7.45pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport. Little about the season’s early skirmishes will have generated doubt about Leinster beg(...)

At the launch of the  European competitions in Dublin were (L-R) Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh) and Jarrad Butler (Connacht). Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

 To repeat, or not to repeat, that is the huge challenge facing Leinster as they seek to add to that hard-earned fourth star above their crests a(...)

If Ireland front-liners such as Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony aren’t risked in the last warm-up for European action, fans and players are missing out. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For years, the Leinster-Munster fixture has been the marquee game of the Guinness Pro14. Since Leinster’s home clash with their rivals was moved to th(...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin scores his side’s second try despite the efforts of Connacht’s Paul Boyle and Kieran Marmion at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just before kick-off on Saturday night, Leo Cullen made his way up through the Clan terrace to take his place in the coaches’ box. He cut a distinctiv(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien: “He’s back and he’s good, and the medics are happy.” Photograph: Getty Images

Sean O’Brien is set to return to Leinster colours for the first time since a Guinness Pro14 match against Benetton in April when he suffered a shoulde(...)

Leinster’s Cian Healy is tackled by Simon Berghan and Ben Toolis of Edinburgh during their match at the RDS Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Henceforth, the stakes start to rise. A fortnight of no-holds-barred inter-pro derbies will lead in to the opening two weeks of European rugby. That d(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton goes over for a try despite the tackle of Edinburgh’s Juan Pablo Socino during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 31 Edinburgh 10 On a day which also saw the Scarlets, last season’s main rivals suffer defeat, Leinster assumed leadership of Conference B o(...)

Max Deegan starts in the backrow against Edinburgh. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made a number of positional changes as well as bringing in some fresh faces for the visit of Edinburgh to the RDS o(...)

Cian Healy: ‘It’s more enjoyable. It’s a more talented game now. There’s so much focus on skill and being tactically able to break teams down.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A throwaway line. But, as a crisp analysis of how Cian Healy has remained relevant to Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby, Monday’s thought may be one for the(...)

Scarlets’ Steve Cummins gets an offload away against Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Scarlets 23 Leinster 21 Scarlets held on to win an intense, hard-fought Pro14 clash against champions Leinster at Parc y Scarlets. The home side trai(...)

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