Sean O’Brien: will captain the Leinster side against Treviso in Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Benetton Treviso v Leinster, Stadio Comunale di Monigo (3.0, Irish time, live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports) It’s a little over six months ago that th(...)

Luke McGrath: “It is great to see the club has huge competition in every position.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

The story of James Lowe in Ireland has become about scrumhalves. Leinster have them, other provinces have not. Munster must fear a crisis as uncertai(...)

Connacht left wing  Matt Healy: he has playing every minute of the team’s four matches this season

The careful husbandry of playing minutes within the four Irish provincial squads is a staple of the Irish player-management programme, one that has dr(...)

Jamison Gibson-Park enjoyed a huge influence on the game and was a deserved man of the match against the Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster’s attacking shape this season will place a huge premium on the roster of scrumhalves having the requisite aerobic fitness. The traditional wi(...)

Johnny Sexton kicks past Jack Dixon of the Dragons during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 52 Dragons 10 Seven tries, some excellent individual performances and a nice fluency to their patterns at times were the headlines from Lein(...)

Josh van der Flier is back in full Leinster training and available for selection against the Scarlets. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster have been boosted by the return of flanker Josh van der Flier in time for next Saturday’s reprise of last season’s Guinness Pro14 final again(...)

Michael Silvester is tackled during Ireland’s defeat to Scotland in Perpignan. Photograph: Pascal Rodriguez/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 29 Scotland Under-20 45 The imprecision and morass of errors that pockmarked previous defeats in the tournament resurfaced again as (...)

The Georgia team celebrate scoring a try during their win over Ireland at the under-20 World Cup in France. Photo: Inpho

Ireland under-20 20 Georgia under-20 24 Ireland suffered a third consecutive defeat in the Under-20 World Championship in Narbonne and will now conte(...)

Ireland’s Hugh O’Sullivan celebrates scoring his side’s  second try  in the  World Rugby Under-20 Championship at  Stade Aime-Giral in Perpignan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

France Under-20 26 Ireland Under-20 24 Fortune doesn’t always favour the brave because if it did, Ireland would have won their opening World Under-20(...)

Noel McNamara has named his team to play France in the Under-20 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has named six players with World Cup experience for the tournament’s opening game against hosts France on We(...)

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