Leinster’s Dave Kearney scores a try in the corner. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster 29 Toulouse 13 The two four-time winners had both seen this as something of a litmus test and, unsurprisingly, the champions confirmed the s(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is without a number of his key players for Saturday’s match against Toulouse. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster will be without a host of frontline players for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Toulouse at the RDS (Kick-off 1.00pm - live on(...)

James Lowe takes out Andrew Conway, earning himself a red card in Limerick. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 26 Leinster 17 Munster’s need was the greater and it showed. Not only were they at home in front of a packed festive crowd, but they required(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin on the attack with Johnny Sexton in support against Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster 42 Bath 15 The numbers are starting to stack up nicely for Leinster. When they welcome Toulouse in the penultimate round of the Champio(...)

 Adam Byrne starts on the wing for Leinster on Saturday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made three changes to his team to take on Bath in Saturday’s Champions Cup encounter at the Aviva. Adam Byrne, Ror(...)

Tadhg Beirne celebrates with his mother Brenda, father Gerry and sisters Jennifer, Alannah and Caoimhe after the victory over Australia in the second Test at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tadhg Beirne is an exceptional talent, and he’s also a great story, as his life could have taken such a different course but for two career-changing d(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Bath. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Bath v Leinster Kick off: 3.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Recreation Grounds. How to follow: Full coverage on The Irish Times(...)

Leinster’s Caelan Doris goes high to claim a lineout during the comprehensive victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade, Newport. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Leo Cullen made it abundantly clear, after Leinster’s gifted second-string destroyed Bernard Jackman’s Dragons 59-10 at Rodney Parade, that a familiar(...)

Tadhg Furlong Jonathan Sexton CJ Stander and Bundee Aki celebrate after Saturday’s result Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Not the least extraordinary aspect of the revolution under Joe Schmidt’s watch is not so much how the rest of the world views Irish rugby, but more ho(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring their first try with Josh van der Flier in Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks at the Aviva. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

For a moment in the changing room below the West Stand in Aviva Stadium, it could have seemed like he had abandoned all lack of pretension and was tal(...)

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