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Leinster training has had a little more normality to it this week - we began passing the ball again. File photograph: Inpho

Week two of restricted training has continued with the basics, but with some differences from week one. Instead of three days training we have four. O(...)

Ireland international secondrow James Ryan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Next summer’s British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has name-checked Irish secondrow James Ryan as one of the outstanding locks in these island(...)

Andrew Porter celebrates with  Jordan Larmour after the win over Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just when we were getting used to tropical Ireland, and this being our first of three weeks’ ‘holidays’, the weather turned. Oh well, with all our sun(...)

Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the European Champions Cup trophy for Leinster in 2018, continuing a remarkable run of success for the Irish province. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

About eight minutes into the 2014 final of what was then known as the Rabo Direct Pro12 between Leinster and Glasgow, Brian O’Driscoll’s farewell game(...)

They say that every cloud has a silver lining. It is a phrase beloved of incorrigible optimists, your classic glass-half-full types who find something(...)

James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

Ireland players might see little or no action with their provinces when rugby returns. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Salvaging as much as possible from the international calendar in 2020 remains the priority of World Rugby and the CEOs of the Tier One nations. Accord(...)

Simon Harris has said ‘there can be no public versus private here’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

It took a crisis as cruel and enormous as the one we are facing to finally hear an Irish minister announce a national health service. In asserting th(...)

A Covid-19 public information leaflet at Tullamore Rugby Club in Offaly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the IRFU announced last Friday that the 2019-20 club/domestic game was being abandoned for the season this news was soon overtaken later in the d(...)

Leinster will be the province to be hit the hardest should the run in to the season be hit by games  held behind closed doors or not at all. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The decision by the LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) to postpone all Top 14 and Pro D2 matches until April 30th effectively means the Heineken Champions(...)

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