George Clancy

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Lansdowne’s Alan Peter Beirne scores a try. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cork Constitution 12 Lansdowne 32 Three tries in the third quarter propelled Lansdowne to a long-awaited Ulster Bank Bateman Cup title - the club’s (...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour would “step you in a phone box”,  according to team-mate Scott Fardy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What are your strengths? “Speed and footwork.” (Jordan Larmour recent interview in Rugby World) Clearly born to run, Larmour showed at the RDS on Sa(...)

Josh Murphy: “Josh is very abrasive,” said Leo Cullen, “he gets through a mountain of work and that’s what coaches like.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster v Ulster, RDS, 5.35pm (Live TG4, BBC NI, Sky Sports) Strap in, because the rugby does not let up until May. Now we see why Leinster never w(...)

Nigel Owens: generally recognised as one of the best referees of his or indeed any other generation.

What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Claude Monet have in common with modern rugby players, and specifically those who popula(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin evades Gareth Anscombe during his side’s narrow win over Cardiff Blues at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 22 Cardiff Blues 21 A fragile Leinster were lucky to leave the RDS with the winners points after a match against Cardiff that periodically s(...)

Some locals watch Leinster training at UCD during the week. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named Luke McGrath, Cian Healy and Dan Leavy in his starting XV for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Cardiff B(...)

John Lacey will referee the opening weekend Champions Cup clash between Toulon and Saracens. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s John Lacey will referee marquee matches in the opening two rounds of the Champions Cup, taking charge of three time winners Toulon against d(...)

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson runs in a try late in the  Guinness Pro 12 victory over Leinster at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 30 Leinster 6 Ulster put one foot into the play-offs, and ensured Leinster will have to beat Treviso next Saturday if they are to ensure a hom(...)

 Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: his form as playmaker-cum-goalkicker is atoning for the somewhat so-so form of Ruan Pienaar this season. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The 12th and last interpro derby of the regular Guinness Pro 12 season is as significant and seismic as any of the 11 that have preceded it. Aside fr(...)

Scrumhalf Luke McGrath keeps Leinster going forward against Glasgow as he offloads the ball in the tackle at Scotstoun. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow 12 Leinster 6 Leinster’s hopes of moving to the top of the Guinness Pro 12 table were dashed last might at Scotstoun by a Glasgow side that(...)

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