Isa Nacewa

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Ross Byrne: “He leads the team well; he’s a very clear understanding of what’s expected and how we want to play the game. So, no issues with Ross, he’s been fantastic,” says Leo Cullen. Photograph: Laszlo

Heineken Champions Cup Pool Two, Leinster v Toulouse Venue: RDS Kick-off: 1pm On TV: Live On Virgin Media, Ch4, BT Sport If(...)

Conor O’Brien celebrates his try against Ulster. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Conor O’Brien is on the cusp of realising a childhood dream to play for Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup. The likelihood is Leo Cullen will regi(...)

Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee is presented with the man of the match award by Barney McCann after the Pro14 win over Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whenever the provinces sign ‘foreign’ or to use another term ‘non Irish qualified’ (NIQ) players there is occasionally a period of uncertainty before (...)

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(...)

Girvan Dempsey has said his position at Bath is secure as the club prepare  a coaching overhaul. Photograph: Bob Bradford/Getty

Girvan Dempsey took the career coach’s plunge. Moving away from boyhood environs, where he served as resident Leinster fullback, straddling amateur to(...)

World Rugby  Player of the Year  Johnny Sexton and Ireland  captain Rory Best, with the  Team of the Year award, at  the World Rugby Awards  at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club in Monaco. Photograph: Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images

It dragged on interminably, like some of these more self-indulgent award ceremonies can do. Of course, the more preening and opulent, the more boring (...)

Joe Schmidt with Brian O’Driscoll after Leinster’s 2011 Heineken Cup final win over Northampton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Google search when Joe Schmidt first landed on these shores in 2010 was clogged by namesakes; a Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, a Ukrainian born teno(...)

Leinster’s  James Lowe  breaks through the Wasps defence  to score his first try during the Champions Cup match  at the RDS. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nothing irks the Leinster management and their supporters more than the ‘non-EU’ conundrum which forces them to choose two from Scott Fardy, Jamison G(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

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