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Speaking about Joey Carbery,  Ronan O’Gara said: “People forget that Joey Carbery is 22 years of age. I just hope people aren’t expecting too much of him in his first full season playing ‘10’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken are back as title sponsors and arguably no team is more synonymous with the competition, nor provided more of its greatest memories, than Mun(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe breaks to score their fifth try and his second during the  Heineken Champions Cup match at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 52 Wasps 3 The Heineken Champions Cup is back, and so are the champions, aka the machine. As opening nights go, this was some eight-try stat(...)

Leo Cullen has recalled Johnny Sexton for Friday night’s Champions Cup opener against Wasps. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool One, Leinster v Wasps, RDS Arena (7.45pm kick-off, BT Sport) Johnny Sexton will captain Leinster as they begin the defenc(...)

James Lowe scored two tries against Munster and looks set to start in the Champions Cup next weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Injury to Jamison Gibson-Park appears to have solved a selection riddle for Leinster coach Leo Cullen. The Kiwi scrumhalf, who becomes Irish qualifi(...)

 Leinster coach Leo Cullen:  “There will be guys disappointed that they’re not going to be involved next week and that is the way we want it.” Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

As much as anything this latest instalment in this auld rivalry was a reminder that Leinster simply remain spoilt for choice. The champions could make(...)

Munster’s Chris Cloete, Peter O’Mahony and Darren Sweetnam in action against Leinster duo Fergus McFadden and Sean O’Brien during the Pro14 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time was when the sight of so much blue outnumbering red in this rivalry would have been unimaginable. But as much as Leinster and their supporters (...)

Leinster’s James Lowe claims the ball ahead of Munster’s  Niall Scannell during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 30 Munster 22 When you know how to win, you know how to win. It’s become a happy habit for Leinster in recent times, not least in this marqu(...)

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

 To repeat, or not to repeat, that is the huge challenge facing Leinster as they seek to add to that hard-earned fourth star above their crests a(...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

If Ireland front-liners such as Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony aren’t risked in the last warm-up for European action, fans and players are missing out. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For years, the Leinster-Munster fixture has been the marquee game of the Guinness Pro14. Since Leinster’s home clash with their rivals was moved to th(...)

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