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 Leinster’s Sean Cronin gets away from  Northampton’s Phil Dowson during the Heineken Cup clash at Franklin’s Gardens. Phtograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Northampton 7 Leinster 40: It felt like Northampton were not there. Not that Leinster cared. Any concern that Rob Kearney might not replicate his All (...)

  Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll his  try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 40 Northampton Saints 7: Turns out the sum of Northampton’s parts is nowhere near the plain Leinster exist upon. By the 37th minute this g(...)

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley in action against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup. “I feel I have to use this year as the year to break through.”

It’s been a circuitous route to being a first-choice provincial outhalf for the Heineken Cup, but Ian Keatley has a fair body of work to his name by n(...)

Joe Schmidt: says players must understand team system and be able to stay within it. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Watch it over and over again and still it finishes with Aaron Cruden’s conversion giving New Zealand the perfect year.It’s the particulars that keep d(...)

 Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy should be available for the visit to Northampton this week.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster will look forward to the return of some key internationals this week ahead of the resumption of Heineken Cup duties against Northampton at Fr(...)

Leo Cullen during Leinster training earlier this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leo Cullen will make his first appearance of the season for Leinster having been named in the starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Rabo Pro12 meeting(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll watches on from the sidelines as the All Blacks score a try through Ryan Crotty in the last minute of the game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll will not play in Leinster’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash against Scarlets at the RDS on Saturday night (7.15pm) after leavin(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen congratulates his captain Richie McCaw following their victory yesterday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Glorious defeat has so often been defined for Ireland by the All Blacks. They are rugby’s mountain top and on occasions they have allowed Ireland take(...)

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw and number eight Kieran Read during the New Zealand    captain’s run at the  Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rarely can one recall such a feeling of foreboding before an Irish Test match. The almighty Blacks beat them 60-zip last time out and, comfortably the(...)

Inside centre Luke Marshall (with ball) makes a break duruing yesterday’s Ireland squad session at Carton House in Co Kildare. Photograph: 
Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Clearly, there won’t be 15 Untouchables under Joe Schmidt’s watch. While the new Ireland head coach has to be taken at his word that his selection pol(...)

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