Gerry Thornley

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“I’ve got the three little goys lined up, each one standing a little bit in front of the next – we’re talking Brian, then Johnny, then Leo – and I’m showing them how to basically pass the ball.”

In all fairness to me, I’ve tried my best not to love my son any less since he storted wearing glasses – but, God knows, the kid is making it very, ve(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘I would say we don’t get all the selections right, but we try to get them right.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What constitutes a successful season? A bit like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder. Manchester City win the domestic treble, but even then are l(...)

James Ryan (right) with Leinster team-mate Tadgh Furlong following their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle, last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It is a measure of the esteem in which James Ryan is held by his peers that the 22-year-old Leinster and Irish lock has become the youngest player to (...)

Jonathan Sexton at a Leinster training session in UCD during the week. Photograph: Inpho

Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) Position: Outhalf Age: 33 Height: 6’2” Weight: 92kg (14st 6lbs) Caps: 83 Points: 761 Why’s he so important?   He prov(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney is tackled by Yoann Huget, Pita Ahki and Rynhardt Elstadt of Toulouse in the  Champions Cup semi-final at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All is a little better in Leinster’s world. The close shave against Ulster in the quarter-finals did, Rob Kearney admits, cause concern within their r(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy celebrates his try against Toulouse during their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The quarter-finals delivered in spades to produce an aristocratic last four and the semi-finals, in their own way, had a similar effect. Leinster’s (...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue in action against  Andrea Lovotti of Zebre in their victory last weekend at Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final preview  Edinburgh v Munster  Venue: Murrayfield.  Kick-off: 12.45pm.  On TV: Live on Virgin (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose celebrated Adam Byrne’s try against Bath in their  Champions Cup Round 4 match at Aviva Stadium on December 15th, 2018. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster v Ulster Venue: Aviva Stadium Kick-off: 5.45pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport. What’s seldom is usually wonderful. To put this quarter-final in c(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls  dives to score a try despite  tackles from Italy’s  Tito Tebaldi and  Alessandro Zanni during the Six Nations match  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: VIncenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 16 Ireland 26 The sight of Johnny Sexton kicking a towel after leaving the fray in the 78th minute, not in anger at being replaced but rather i(...)

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