Sean O’Brien has been sanctioned following an incident in a Dublin pub.

The IRFU has declined to name Seán O’Brien or reveal what the London Irish bound flanker did the night after lifting the Guinness Pro14 trophy in Murr(...)

The former Leinster Stan Wright. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s investigation into a former player punching a current academy player has concluded “to the satisfaction of all parties.” The Irish Times u(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton celebrating after the Pro14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi provided context to Leinster head coach Leo Cullen’s post-match observations in which he expressed his disappointment about what he c(...)

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong, Sean Cronin and Cian Healy argue as Munster win a scrum penalty in their Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS, Dublin, last Saturday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Time will add lustre to the moment, but there are sufficient kudos being dispensed at the moment from several sources in celebration of Leinster’s ope(...)

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi during Monday’s press conference at UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi has explained the context of Leinster head coach Leo Cullen’s post match observations in which he expressed his disappointment about (...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

 Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores their second try. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The two were so far ahead of the rest it wasn’t funny. The runners-up will feel they couldn’t have done a whole lot more and took the champions to the(...)

Jonathan Sexton at a Leinster training session in UCD during the week. Photograph: Inpho

Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) Position: Outhalf Age: 33 Height: 6’2” Weight: 92kg (14st 6lbs) Caps: 83 Points: 761 Why’s he so important?   He prov(...)

Rocky Elsom in action for Leinster: “We adopted an under-12s mentality in many games that season [2008-9]. Give the ball to the big fella and pile after him. It worked, especially against Munster at Croke Park.”  Photograph: Graham Stuart/Inpho

There are several reasons for the continued success of the Irish provinces. Home grown talent will always matter. Some brilliant coaching tickets have(...)

Ross Byrne in action against Toulouse. “I’m not Johnny [Sexton] so I’m not going to try to be Johnny. I just have to try and stamp my own authority on the team when I do play.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s a measure of Ross Byrne’s dependability that in 17 Heineken Champions Cup games for Leinster over the last three seasons, six of them starting, h(...)

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