Leinster’s Caelan Doris goes high to claim a lineout during the comprehensive victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade, Newport. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Leo Cullen made it abundantly clear, after Leinster’s gifted second-string destroyed Bernard Jackman’s Dragons 59-10 at Rodney Parade, that a familiar(...)

 Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell: Their presence ensures Ireland currently have the services of the three best coaches in this part of the world. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Clarity is Joe Schmidt’s greatest gift to Irish rugby. From the very beginning at Leinster, the summer of 2010, there was clarity for each and every (...)

Joe Schmidt with Jonathan Sexton during Ireland’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 6.30pm. (On TV: live RTÉ Two/Channel 4) Historically, Ireland and Argentina hardly came across each oth(...)

Leinster’s assistant coach Felipe Contepomi: ‘Definitely, I feel very happy with the philosophy in Leinster.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

During the course of a wide-ranging conversation, Leinster’s backs coach Felipe Contepomi came out with an inadvertent mission statement that he hopes(...)

 Felipe Contepomi, (centre) celebrates with  Denis Hickie (left) and Will Green after Leinster’s  victory over Toulouse in the  Heineken Cup quarter-final at  Stade Municipal  in Toulouse in April 2006. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Heineken Cup quarter-final, Toulouse 35-41 Leinster, Municipal Stadium, Toulouse – April 2006 Denis Hickie versus Vincent Clerc, the ultimate sprinte(...)

Devin Toner: “They’re going to want to come out and come at us, come at the champions, as every team is going to want to do.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Goal kicking,” deadpanned Devin Toner when asked to suggest an aspect of James Ryan’s development upon which the young Leinster and Ireland secondrow(...)

 Leinster’s James Lowe  breaks with the ball to score his first try during the Champions Cup win against Wasps at the RDS. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Talk about throwing down the gauntlet. Such was the scale of Leinster’s 52-3 win over Wasps on Friday night that when rival coaching staffs began asse(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe breaks to score their fifth try and his second during the  Heineken Champions Cup match at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 52 Wasps 3 The Heineken Champions Cup is back, and so are the champions, aka the machine. As opening nights go, this was some eight-try stat(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will start on the bench against Wasps. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In again rotating his squad by making nine changes for the opening game of this season’s Champions Cup against Wasps on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm)(...)

 Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘Players need challenges the whole time, too, and I am not necessarily the best person to challenge them in all areas.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

As the season cranks up in customary fashion with the onset of the interprovincial derbies and then the return to Europe, so Leinster’s opponents will(...)

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