Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. An O’Brien tide lifted all boats. The best captain Ireland never had? Photograph: Inpho

Another one bites the dust, and, allowing for ongoing Sevens and under-20s commitments, this applies to both another domestic rugby season and, sadly,(...)

No O’Brien, no Leavy - all eyes now turn to Josh van der Flier to step up and deliver at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No miracle for Seanie Silence the imagination. Fifty-five minutes into a hellish World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks and Seán O’Brien is f(...)

Seán O’Brien lifts the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after Leinster’s victory over Glasgow Warriors at Celtic Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 18 Glasgow Warriors 15 In the teeming rain and in front of a record final attendance of 47,128 , Leinster had to get down and dirty. That th(...)

This weekend Glasgow Warriors and Leinster will go toe-to-toe in the Pro14 final at Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made three changes to his team for Saturday’s Pro14 final against Glasgow Warriors in Celtic Park (Kick-Off: 6.30pm(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton celebrating after the Pro14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi provided context to Leinster head coach Leo Cullen’s post-match observations in which he expressed his disappointment about what he c(...)

 Devin Toner limped off in the Pro14 semi-final on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Devin Toner will miss the Pro14 final due to the knee injury he sustained against Munster at the RDS on Saturday. He sustained the damage in a tackle (...)

Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier in action against Munster in the Pro14 semi-final at the RDS. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The red scrum cap seemed omnipresent at the RDS, conspicuous even beneath the flailing bodies at the breakdown, accelerating in support of ball carrie(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier and Robbie Henshaw tackle Tadhg Beirne of Munster during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Josh van der Flier played like someone who had never been away, a remarkable achievement considering his last game of rugby was for Ireland in the Six(...)

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