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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(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Montpellier’s South African lock Jacques Du Plessis  in action against Lyon last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Montpellier v Newcastle Falcons  GGL stadium (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport)  The Falcons produced a memorable finish to pickpocket the (...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin on the attack with Johnny Sexton in support against Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster 42 Bath 15 The numbers are starting to stack up nicely for Leinster. When they welcome Toulouse in the penultimate round of the Champio(...)

Leinster’s Adam Byrne claims a high ball ahead of Darren Atkins of Bath during the  Champions Cup match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 42 Bath 15 In the event, ominous forecasts of conditions befitting the Pool 1 visit of Bath proved unfounded, and so too did any notions of (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 5.30pm (On TV: Live on BT Sport) It doesn’t necessarily follow that away wins are the precursor(...)

Gary Ringrose: “You can have the best laid plans, and ultimately if you don’t win your ball, get quick ball, it’s tough to play.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Garry Ringrose has played every minute of Leinster’s three Champions Cup matches so far this season – one of four players to have accumulated the maxi(...)

Bath v Leinster breakdown:  Joe Cokanasiga trapped at the bottom of a ruck. Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

Tadhg Furlong’s observations this week on the key constituents required for the attacking side to retain possession at a breakdown underlined both how(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Tadhg Furlong at the Recreation Ground against  Bath in the Champions Cup. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Victory felt like a defeat, the substandard performance niggling away, lightened only by the result. Leinster’s 17-10 Champions Cup win over Bath at t(...)

Sam Underhill enjoyed a fine game for Bath against Leinster. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Despite failing to win all three Champions Cup games this season, Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has promised a full strength squad will be se(...)

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