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Ulster head coach Dan McFarland will expect his side to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to   Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inphpo

Ulster v Bath, Kingspan Stadium, Saturday, 3.15pm - Live on BT Sport 2 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland might have spent a little of last weekend fulm(...)

Garry Ringrose has backed Andy Farrell’s decision to make Johnny Sexton Ireland captain. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Garry Ringrose’s excellence as a footballer is easy to recognise on a pitch but it is his development in other facets of the sport that is less visibl(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe celebrates his try against Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium in April 2018. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Final Leinster Rugby v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm. Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle. On TV: Live on BT Sport 2/Channel 4/Virgin M(...)

The Ireland squad stand together for Ireland’s Call before the match against France in the 2007 Rugby World Cup on September 21st,  which the French won 25-3. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

If Ireland do nothing else this weekend against France, killing the notion that this is the 2007 all over again would count as a fine day’s work. Ever(...)

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(...)

Leo Cullen: “Before most people wake, Leo is working away on what’s best for Leinster Rugby but people don’t see that,” says Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

“We farmed in Newtownmountkennedy and I’d be moving ponies or sheep and I’d ask Leo, from a young age, to give me a hand. He always said yes but he wa(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Bath. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Bath v Leinster Kick off: 3.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Recreation Grounds. How to follow: Full coverage on The Irish Times(...)

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi  and Fergus McFadden (above) training in Donnybrook on September 17th Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It is not often these cosy chats hover around the glamorous and tomfoolery at Leinster. A selection of fresh faces thrash Dragons scoring 59 points. (...)

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