Leo Cullen

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Leinster’s Max Deegan supports try scorer Adam Byrne over the line during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Southern Kings at Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Photograph: Richard Huggard/Inpho

Southern Kings 31 Leinster 38 A bonus-point victory will suffice in an overall context but not the performance as Leinster staggered their way to vic(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt celebrates winning the Six Nations with CJ Stander and Jonathan Sexton. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The system cannot be wrapped up and dependent on one person. That was the clear message delivered by IRFU chief executive Philip Browne when announcin(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney is tackled by Irne Herbst and Alberto Sgarbi of Benetton. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton 3 Leinster 31 Leinster avenged a defeat that rankled in emphatic fashion scoring five tries as they reclaimed top spot in Conference B of th(...)

Johann van Graan on latest recruit,  Nick McCarthy. “I think he is a brilliant young player. He was captain of the Ireland U-20s . . I like his passing game a lot and I like his running game.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Munster are not directly targeting Leinster’s players according to Johann van Graan, but he insists they will not be put off signing the province’s ne(...)

Toulouse’s Maxime Médard celebrates as  his side win a late peanlty to effectively end the game against Leinster at Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A week is a long time, and all that. Things were always going to get tougher in round two, but even so yesterday’s third Irish defeat of the weekend (...)

Jordan Larmour scores Leinster’s sixth try against Wasps  despite the efforts of Wasps’ Elliot Daly. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Toulouse v Leinster Kick off: Sunday, 3.15pm. Venue: Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. How to follow:(...)

Devin Toner: “They’re going to want to come out and come at us, come at the champions, as every team is going to want to do.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Goal kicking,” deadpanned Devin Toner when asked to suggest an aspect of James Ryan’s development upon which the young Leinster and Ireland secondrow(...)

 Leinster’s James Lowe  breaks with the ball to score his first try during the Champions Cup win against Wasps at the RDS. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Talk about throwing down the gauntlet. Such was the scale of Leinster’s 52-3 win over Wasps on Friday night that when rival coaching staffs began asse(...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery  after the Champions Cup match against Exeter Chiefs  at Sandy Park stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A satisfying opening weekend for the Irish in Europe, albeit a decidedly more trying one awaits in round two. Leinster, Ulster and Connacht all won at(...)

Freddie Burns reacts after his mistake against Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leo Cullen used a great word the other night in his interview ahead of Leinster’s rout of Wasps. When he was quizzed about his side’s apparent willing(...)

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