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Leinster’s Devin Toner is tackled by Sam Simmonds and Jacques Vermeulen of Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at  Sandy Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Devin Toner, Michael Bent and Scott Fardy lifted the Pro 14 trophy together after Leinster’s win over Munster five weeks ago, it looked for all t(...)

Scott Fardy: played 76 times over four seasons for Leinster. “Fards is a competitive animal, he doesn’t like losing,” says Guy Easterby. “He’s added so much in terms of mindset and not taking a backward step.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CJ Stander and Scott Fardy will ride off into the sunset with their legacies assured; Marcel Coetzee will leave some big shoes to fill at Ulster and t(...)

Michael Bent and Devin Toner lift the Pro14 trophy last month. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster prop Michael Bent has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby at the end of the current season. Bent, who joined Leinster i(...)

Scott Fardy of Leinster tackles Munster’s Gavin Coombes during the  Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park in January. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s popular Aussie Scott Fardy has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season. The former Wallaby international, capped (...)

 Michael Alaalatoa of the Crusaders on the charge during the round four Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the  Blues and the Crusaders at Eden Park in Auckland on March 21st. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Leinster have significantly bolstered their frontrow options by signing the 29-year-old Samoan World Cup tighthead prop Michael Alaalatoa from the all(...)

Devin Toner, Michael Bent and Scott Fardy lead the Leinster celebrations after the victory over Munster in the Guinness Pro 14 Final at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster like to share the trophy-lifting around; well, if only among their own squad members anyway. A fourth Guinness Pro14 title in a row and a nin(...)

Leinster’s Ed Byrne celebrates with Jack Conan after the game. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen hailed the depth of quality at his disposal as the 22 players chosen to represent the 57 used this campaign duly delive(...)

 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(...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

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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