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  La Rochelle coach Ronan O’Gara’s  tactics against Leinster were brilliant. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

In America, they are called “Monday Morning Quarterbacks”. Those who have all the answers on how the weekend’s game should have been won after they ha(...)

Lest the IRFU forget, Leinster would never have won their first Champions Cup without Isa Nacewa, Chris Whitaker, Stan Wright and Rocky Elsom. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

In the fallout from Sunday’s sobering events in La Rochelle we can’t forget Leinster’s excellent display in the laquarter-final win away to Exeter. To(...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan, James Tracy and Ed Byrne celebrate winning a penalty in the Champions Cup quarter-final between Exeter Chiefs and Leinster at Sandy Park, Exeter on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On balance, La Rochelle away is probably the second-toughest semi-final draw Leinster could have faced other than Toulouse away. Hence, in all probabi(...)

Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16, Thomond Park, Limerick:  Munster v Toulouse when the French side’s Antoine Dupont went over for a try. File photograph: Inpho

For all those rugby nihilists, who have been telling us that it is impossible to play entertaining, attacking rugby against today’s defensive systems,(...)

Leinster will host Munster in the Guinness Pro14 final at the RDS on Saturday week (5.0). It poses a little bit of a conundrum for Leinster head coach(...)

 A fight breaks out during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park Stadium in December, 2019. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

The finals of both the 2019-20 Champions Cup and Premiership take place over the next two Saturdays and for the first time in seven seasons neither wi(...)

Tendai Mtawarira of the Cell C Sharks is tackled by Malcolm Marx (L) and Tyrone Green (R) of the Emirates Lions during their Super Rugby clash in April. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Many of rugby’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone and consider the unintended consequences of South Africa moving to t(...)

Former Leinster player Noel Reid has joined Agen on a two-year deal. Photograph:  Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Traditionally Irish players have been willing to travel abroad in search of a career in professional rugby when denied options at home but the financi(...)

Munster’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are improbable, but just about possible. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations Championship is creeping ever close, and with it the dawn of a new era for Irish rugby. But before Ireland can take centre stage,(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup, round two, match at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So what is the Larkham effect and is it measurable? The impact of former Australian international outhalf and backs’ coach Stephen Larkham at Munster(...)

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