Caelan Doris, n action against Wales, will again start in the Irish backrow against England this weekend. File photograph: Inpho

Back in April 2015, Ireland played Wales in the European Under-18 Championship in Toulouse. During an injury break, the Irish forwards went into a hud(...)

Will Connors and Hugo Keenan embrace after Ireland’s win over Italy. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Imagine two best friends winning their first caps for Ireland in the same game. Imagine the coach mentioning their strengths post match. Imagine there(...)

Leinster players after  the defeat to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We’re putting on the hindsight goggles again. Leinster used the World Cup analogy coming out of lockdown. The theory was sound. Pool matches were the(...)

Hugo Keenan during Leinster squad training. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

During Ireland’s famous win over New Zealand in the 2016 Under-20 World Championship in Manchester, the head coach, Nigel Carolan, recalls a key momen(...)

 Leinster’s Jordan Larmour catches a high ball in the first half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour may have lasted only 46 minutes of Leinster’s 13-3 win before being forced off when failing a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) but during t(...)

Leinster’s Ronan Kelleher scores a try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 13 Munster 3 Crowds or no crowds, Leinster and familiarity reigns. The serial trophy hunters stand within a game of a unique third Pro14 tit(...)

Leinster’s Will Connors in action against Ulster last weekend. Photograph: Inpho

Will Connors has been rewarded for his impressive form by being named in the Leinster XV for their Pro14 semi-final against Munster on Friday night at(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls gets over in the corner for a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 27 Munster 25 There was a touching moment during the early skirmishes of Irish rugby’s successful relaunch at the Aviva. After CJ Stander ro(...)

Garry Ringrose scores a try for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 27 Munster 25 Normal service resumed. If only this defeat was that simple for Munster. Cruelly, they never got to unveil their newly acquire(...)

 Oli Jager lands awkwardly during  Canterbury’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Southland at Orangetheory stadium  in Christchurch in August 2019. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

False narrative: Oliver Jager was lured away from the land of his birth to pursue the All Blacks dream. In the summer of 2013, a 17-year-old realised(...)

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