Emmet Farrell

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Japan lock Luke Thompson has great memories from his time in Ireland in 1999. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“Arigato gozaimasu.” Joe Schmidt speaks more Japanese than his opposite number Jamie Joseph. After Schmidt’s media masterclass in Yumeria almost spinn(...)

Leo Cullen: “Before most people wake, Leo is working away on what’s best for Leinster Rugby but people don’t see that,” says Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

“We farmed in Newtownmountkennedy and I’d be moving ponies or sheep and I’d ask Leo, from a young age, to give me a hand. He always said yes but he wa(...)

“He (Sexton) went to run yesterday and thought it wasn’t 100 per cent and we made the call.”

Leo Cullen confirmed that Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of tomorrow’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final against Munster (kick-off 3.15pm) due to a calf str(...)

Teddy Iribaren had a fine game for Racing 92. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

At 6-6 with both teams leaving the pitch for half-time, I felt the margins had swung in Leinster’s favour. They’d weathered the considerable Racing st(...)

 Cian Healy  is swallowed up by the Racing 92 defence. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When you know how to win, you know how to win, and - as is so often the case in finals - Leinster found a way. In the process they became only the sec(...)

Joey Carbery: “To be honest I’d love a game, I’d love to get a full 80 minutes under my belt and keep it ticking over.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The big picture trumps individual need. Ross Byrne is expected to start for Leinster this Saturday afternoon against the Scarlets with Ciarán Frawley’(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery: the Glasgow game was only his third cap for Leinster, but now he knows what he can and cannot get away with. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rarely do I want to talk rugby, never mind seek someone out to chat specifically about it. I loved playing for 23 years, I now enjoy writing about it(...)

 Graham Henry watches on during a Leinster training session at Greystones RFC, Dr Hickey Park. “If you can pass on some of that experience about what helped you get better – it must be a positive, hopefully.” Photograph: Sportsfile

Odd yet a welcome sight: Graham Henry unsmiling mug in amongst Leinster preseason training. Quietly conferring with Leo Cullen and his former pupil Is(...)