Jimmy O Brien

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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(...)

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune is a rare ‘commodity’ in Irish rugby a bona fide wing with the skill sets to match his top end pace. File photograph: Inpho

The Rainbow Cup exudes a more monochrome hue with the confirmation that the South African franchises won’t be travelling to the northern hemisphere; i(...)

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan makes a break during the Guinness Pro 14 Final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There is still a wide-eyed wonder about Hugo Keenan, how it is he got here. A former Irish Sevens player, he’s no stranger to the thinner air of inter(...)

Johnny Sexton leaves the field during the Guinness Pro 14 Final against Munster at the  RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster will prepare for Friday evening’s Heineken Champions Cup last 16 clash against Toulon at the RDS without both Johnny Sexton and Ross Byrne. (...)

 Alex Soroka will wear the number eight jersey against Zebre. File photograph: Inpho

Alex Soroka starts a game in the Pro14 for the first time when Leinster take on Zebre on Friday at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (Kick-off 5.45pm Irish, li(...)

Robbie Henshaw making his Ireland debut against the USA at the  BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas in June 2013. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer the Ireland rugby team is scheduled to tour the Pacific Islands taking in Test matches against Tonga and Fiji. As things stand those inter(...)

Could Johnny Sexton soon be trying to land a 50 - 22 kick? Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

While we are all immersed in the Six Nations, there’s something afoot Down Under. In what are termed efforts to make the game more spectacular and qui(...)

Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien and Josh van der Flier celebrate with Luke McGrath after he scores a try. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 40 Glasgow Warriors 21 Leinster head for next Saturday night’s rendezvous with Ulster in Belfast with a six-point lead at the top of Confere(...)

Dan Leavy has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after an operation on knee cartilage. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The news that Dan Leavy’s season is over less than four months into his comeback is a desperately disappointing blow for the man himself, as well as f(...)

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