Garry Ringrose has backed Andy Farrell’s decision to make Johnny Sexton Ireland captain. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Garry Ringrose’s excellence as a footballer is easy to recognise on a pitch but it is his development in other facets of the sport that is less visibl(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne is tackled by Francisco Gómez Kodela of Lyon in their Heineken Champions Cup Round 5 game at  RDS  Arena in  Dublin last Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Given Leinster’s current run, you would expect them to be on top of most of the charts for scoring and offensive play in the European Champions Cup. A(...)

Johnny Sexton will not feature for Leinster this weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is still doubt as to whether Johnny Sexton will have recovered from a knee injury sustained in Leinster’s first European Champions Cup match aga(...)

 Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien, James Lowe Hugh O’Sullivan, and Ciarán Frawley celebrate Leinster’s victory over Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Double champions two seasons ago, within one game of repeating the feat last season and now well on course to be in the knock-out stages of both compe(...)

Felipe Contepomi: “We know historically how they [Munster] play and what it takes to go there and get a result.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi appreciates better than most the intense rivalry between Leinster and Munster. During his six years in the blue jersey he placed him(...)

Felipe Contepomi: “We know the challenge we’re heading into. I think it’s the in-form team of the Premiership, one of the most competitive leagues in Europe and the world.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’s important to ensure that the plates never stop spinning – something that will strike a chord with the Leinster coaching team as they juggle the t(...)

Players clash on the pitch late in the European Champions Cup  clash  between Northampton Saints and Lyon at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton. Photograph Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Leinster will draw on the memories of their Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse in round two of last season’s tournament in a bid to avoid a sim(...)

Backs coach Felipe Contepomi at  Leinster rugby squad training in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s international contingent have returned to base. Leader among them Johnny Sexton will speak at the Champions Cup launch in Cardiff this Wedn(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

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(...)

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