Michael Bent

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Robbie Henshaw: the form he delivered for the Lions could imbue him with the confidence to further underline his world-class status. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prospects For all the disappointment of their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final defeat against La Rochelle last May, reaching that stage after that q(...)

Leinster fans celebrate after Ryan Baird goes over for a try during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster 38 Dragons 7 After more than 15 months and 17 games in the Aviva and the RDS without them, Leinster opened its doors to welcome back support(...)

Scott Fardy will make his final Leinster appearance against the Dragons on Friday night. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Friday June 11th, Leinster v Dragons. Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin. Kick-off: 8.15pm. On TV: Live on eir Sport. Leinster’s seasonal fi(...)

 Conor Murray and Tadhg Beirne have been excused for Munster’s final game of the season. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although Stephen Larkham had strongly intimated that Tadhg Beirne and Conor Murray would be granted the game time they were looking for away to Zebre (...)

Jamison Gibson-Park is back from injury and playing for the first time since the Pro14 final win against Munster. File photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leo Cullen welcomes back Jamison Gibson-Park to his Leinster team for the final game of the season against Dragons in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup on Friday (...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has brought Hugo Keenan, Tommy O’Brien, Rory O’Lough lin, Ed Byrne, Rónan Kelleher, Michael Bent and Ross Molony into the team for this weekend’s clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leo Cullen has made seven changes to Leinster’s starting XV from the 21-17 win over Ulster a fortnight ago for Saturday night’s Pro14 Rainbow Cup game(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley was the standout Irish player in the fullback position. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Statistical data as the sole arbiter of excellence lacks nuance and certainly doesn’t present a complete picture in the absence of the supplementary c(...)

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(...)

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