Felipe Contepomi

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La Rochelle director of rugby Jono Gibbes spent six years as Leinster’s forwards coach before handing the reins to Leo Cullen. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day after La Rochelle were drawn at home against Leinster in next Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final (kick-off 3pm Irish time), Jono Gibbe(...)

Scott Fardy: played 76 times over four seasons for Leinster. “Fards is a competitive animal, he doesn’t like losing,” says Guy Easterby. “He’s added so much in terms of mindset and not taking a backward step.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CJ Stander and Scott Fardy will ride off into the sunset with their legacies assured; Marcel Coetzee will leave some big shoes to fill at Ulster and t(...)

Johnny  Sexton celebrates scoring a  try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, that was a special win, even by Leinster’s standards. To down the reigning European and English champions after falling 1(...)

Leinster’s Ryan Baird in action against Northampton Saints at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

To play or not to play? Whereas Leinster ultimately sat out the last 16 weekend, Exeter welcomed back their internationals and all their other front-l(...)

Ulster’s Michael Lowry makes a break to score a try during the European Challenge Cup round of 16 game against Harlequins at the  Twickenham Stoop on Sunday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

That was not a vintage weekend for the Guinness Pro 14 in Europe. In fact, it was quite probably the most chastening of all, with nine losers out of t(...)

 The Leinster coaching team of (from left) Felipe Contepomi, Stuart Lancaster, Robin McBryde and   Leo Cullen   have all agreed new deals with the province. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has agreed a one-year contract extension while his assistants, Stuart Lancaster, Felipe Contepomi and Robin McBryde hav(...)

 Connacht’s Peter Sullivan and Leinster’s Johnny Sexton  during the Pro14 clash at the RDS where Leinster slumped to a surprising home defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi explained that “we’ll be as strong as we can” when asked whether there would be any selection constraints becaus(...)

  Argentina captain Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy last week after posts resurfaced from his Twitter account from 2011 and 2013. Photograph:   Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

With Garry Ringrose, James Lowe, James Ryan and Tadhg Furlong recovering and unlikely to play and Johnny Sexton, with his dead leg on a daily wait and(...)

Dan Leavy in action against Zebre as a replacement during the recent Pro14 clash. He has still to line out for  a full 80 minutes since suffering a serious injury. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Twenty minutes on a fast track in Glasgow and Dan Leavy took another stride forward for Leinster after the horror injury that ended his World Cup hope(...)

Leinster’s James Ryan runs at  Nick Tompkins of Dragons during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Professional sportsmen and women are often said to operate within a bubble at the best of times, and although this has assumed a more literal meaning (...)

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