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 Conor Murray: winning a European Cup with Munster would be a real highlight in an already memorable career. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Thirty five minutes into Munster’s game against the Cheetahs eight days ago at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, James Hart was undergoing a concuss(...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

If Ireland complete the Six Nations Grand Slam this year Rory Best will have the third best success rate as captain. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If Ireland go on to complete the job this season, an umbilical link between the most successful captains in the history of Irish rugby and the Six Nat(...)

John Cooney celebrates a successful late conversion for Ulster against Munster  in the recent PRO 14 clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The needs of Irish rugby tend to differ from what Leinster want. This article tracks the winding roads of Ulster’s five Dubliners before David Nucifor(...)

An emotional Ruan Pienaar after his last game for Ulster against Leinster at the  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Well, Ruan Pienaar’s hugely emotional farewell proved it, as if it needed proving. Too choked with tears to even put into words how he felt in the i(...)

Luke McGrath: “It’s going to be a massive challenge but you’re only going to learn from playing these guys.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

When Eoin Reddan followed Isaac Boss into retirement over the summer, it left the door to the Leinster number nine jersey ajar. Despite the arrival of(...)

Conor Murray faces his main competition for the Lions number nine jersey, Rhys Webb, in Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Rhys Webb Age: 28. Test Caps: 26 (7 tries) Height: 6’. Weight: 93kg/14st9lbs In the land of scrumhalves Rhys Webb is currently king. And at six foot (...)

Jamie Heaslip in action against Italy in Rome. “There is one thing I haven’t won that I would like to win.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When Ireland’s interest in the 2015 World Cup ended so anti-climactically at the quarter-final stage, Jamie Heaslip publicly declared it to have been (...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock is tackled by Munster’s  CJ Stander at the Aviva last April. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The last time Leinster hosted Munster at the Aviva stadium was last April when the home side prevailed 16-13. On Saturday afternoon they square up aga(...)

Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow: synthetic surface gives exciting rugby a chance. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

According to Gregor Townsend of the Glasgow Warriors last weekend, “It’s going to be tough; they’ve always been excellent around the breakdown. They (...)

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