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Luke McGrath crosses Leinster’s match-winning score. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Leinster 22 Exeter 17 It was a remarkable game of rugby that produced a staggering win for Leinster in which they managed to rise above the imperfect(...)

 Gareth Steenson:  “We are very excited about the game. We know we have to be on our mettle but we feel we are in a good place.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, well 2005 to be precise, there were two young outhalves who competed for the Ireland number 10 jersey at the Under-21 Rugby World C(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

Jonathan Sexton and Tadhg Furlong of Ireland tackle Siya Kolisi of South Africa during last Saturday’s Guinness Series match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan

“Attack is the secret of defence; defence is the planning of an attack.” Chinese general Sun Tzu, credited by historians as the author of the book The(...)

Ireland won the frontrow battle against South Africa. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

There will be a temptation in some quarters to focus on South Africa’s shortcomings as a team on a cold, wet Saturday evening in Dublin and that the 2(...)

South Africa’s players react to their defeat  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Andries Coetzee Ireland’s aerial bombardment made life very difficult especially as most of the ball was contestable and so the fullback wasn’t able (...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell offloads as he is tackled by Leinster ’s Josh van der Flier and Robbie Henshaw at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 23 Munster 17 For a team that never led and rarely threatened to do so, Munster could nonetheless take plenty from this game and certainly, (...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Peter O’Mahony of Munster compete for the ball during their Pro14 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s satisfaction in winning a contest of this ilk will be tempered slightly by glitches in performance. Dominating territorially and in the pos(...)

Devin Toner: “I would be the first to say  Leinster put a lot of faith in me, a lot of work, and I am really grateful for it.”   Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Few forget their first cap and Devin Toner is no exception as he stands on the threshold of making his 200th appearance for Leinster – a milestone he’(...)

Lions  Jack McGrath, Jonathan Sexton and Tadhg Furlong in their new Leinster kit.  Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The splint on Jonathan Sexton’s wrist represents a physical legacy from the Lions’ tour to New Zealand, a rolled ankle in the third Test compounded b(...)

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