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CJ Stander takes on Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip during last April’s PRO12 clash at the Aviva. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tomorrow we’ll be served another Celtic clash where two protagonists have arrived from different global locations but with equally huge roles to play (...)

Munster’s CJ Stander: one of those to qualify to play for Ireland under the current three-year rule. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World Rugby are poised to alter the three-year residency loophole that allows Ireland naturalise foreign players. The sport’s governing body have in(...)

Dave Kearney has been ruled out of Leinster’s clash with Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney have been ruled out of Leinster’s meeting with Munster this Saturday after both wingers were forced off the field in (...)

Rob Kearney (L) is out of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh after picking up a knee injury in the province’s defeat to Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney may be out of the Leinster team for a number of weeks after picking up a knee injury against Glasgow last weekend. The Leinster and Irelan(...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen: “It is a long season. We need to manage our squad as best we can.” Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

It says plenty about Leinster’s strength in depth, and their need for same, that despite using close on 40 players in their three warm-up games a furt(...)

 Leinster’s Jordi Murphy with participants at the Leinster Rugby Camp at Blackrock College RFC. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Same names different season. Seán O’Brien is just over midway in his “very scientific” 20- week rehabilitation programme following the 29-year- old’s(...)

Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is to return home to New Zealand due to personal reasons. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following the news that Leinster have lost their most experienced coach in Kurt McQuilkin, Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton are included among a long (...)

The Ireland squad train at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, on Friday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Irish team and replacements went through their customary eve-of-match Captain’s Run at the iconic Ellis Park - where Nelson Mandela famously hande(...)

Joe Schmidt: “The one thing I want to do no matter what happens in the future is to leave Irish rugby in as good a shape as possible.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt yesterday said categorically that no deal has been done to take him back to New Zealand at the end of next season and that he has still to(...)

Ireland Rugby Tour to South Africa 2016Training at Cape Stadium in Capetown 6/6/2016Quinn Roux during trainingMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

As expected Joe Schmidt has dipped into his squad for Saturday’s second test here in Johnessburg. In an interesting and exciting selection, all told (...)

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