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Leo Cullen: “It was a tough period to get through,” said the 41-year-old. “It’s not something I’ll ever forget.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen laughs out loud as the darkest moment of a still fledgling coaching career gets reflected in a positive light. Four awfully long years ago(...)

Backs coach Felipe Contepomi at  Leinster rugby squad training in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s international contingent have returned to base. Leader among them Johnny Sexton will speak at the Champions Cup launch in Cardiff this Wedn(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen believes all four provinces have an influence on the Irish squad, not just Leinster. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leo Cullen has countered suggestions by former Leinster captains Brian O’Driscoll and Isa Nacewa that the style of Leinster coaching has unduly influe(...)

Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa’s comments about Joe Schmidt will divide opinions. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Isa Nacewa probably had his greatest days as a player with Joe Schmidt as his head coach. Following on from their time together at the Auckland Blues (...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier in action against Munster in the Pro14 semi-final at the RDS. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The red scrum cap seemed omnipresent at the RDS, conspicuous even beneath the flailing bodies at the breakdown, accelerating in support of ball carrie(...)

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(...)

Scrum coach John Fogarty is leaving the province after the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/EPA

As the magnifying glass is passed over some of the areas in which Leinster were beaten by Saracens in last weekend’s Champions Cup final, management b(...)

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