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Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Lest the IRFU forget, Leinster would never have won their first Champions Cup without Isa Nacewa, Chris Whitaker, Stan Wright and Rocky Elsom. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

In the fallout from Sunday’s sobering events in La Rochelle we can’t forget Leinster’s excellent display in the laquarter-final win away to Exeter. To(...)

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Gerry Thornley The parameters are different from four years ago. Back then, in those wild, crazy, pre-pandemic days, Warren Gatland was permitted to (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne takes a kick during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Exeter at   Sandy Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton’s absence from Leinster’s Heineken Cup semi-final away to La Rochelle on Sunday (kick-off 3pm Irish time) is an ill-timed blow, not leas(...)

Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final away to La Rochelle on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster outhalf and captain Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of the province’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final away to La Rochelle next Sunday (kic(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney and Munster’s Shane Daly contest a high ball during  the  Rainbow Cup clash at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 3 Munster 27 This latest instalment may have been a less than meaningful opener to a half-baked, end-of-season competition, but from the mom(...)

Craig Casey gets to grips with Scott Fardy during Munster’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 3 Munster 27 Munster have finally ended Leinster’s hoodoo and six-match winning run in the rivalry. While they laboured a little to put away(...)

Garry Ringrose: Leinster welcome back some big guns from injury such as  Ringrose, who captains the side against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Leinster v Munster Kick-off: 7.35pm, Saturday. Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin. On TV: Live on eirSport 1, Premier Sports 1(...)

Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Leinster’s Rainbow Cup opener against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster have ruled Johnny Sexton out of their opening Rainbow Cup match against Munster at the RDS this Saturday, (kick-off 7.35pm, live on eir Sport(...)

Ireland’s Béibhinn Parsons goes past Elinor Snowsill of Wales during the Women’s Six Nations match at  Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Béibhinn Parsons was incredible against Wales. I am not going to compare her to an Irish player from the past. She is a unique talent that comes alon(...)

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