Sean O'brien

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Fergus McFadden: “There are four friendlies before the start of the World Cup. That is time for Joe to try new guys.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It has been a painfully slow winter for Fergus McFadden, short days longer than they should have been. In October Leinster coach Felipe Contepomi con(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki scores a try in their 28-17 victory over Argentina   at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Decisions, decisions. Heading into the big one, the opening skirmishes of this November window have left Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaching and medica(...)

Brian O’Driscoll:  “It’s [Argentina] a great test for us in advance of the All Blacks game because our perceived frailties will be tested.helped.”  .  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll played his own huge role in the transformation of Irish rugby, and all has changed, changed utterly since he first broke into the Ire(...)

Dan Leavy: 'I think if you are second guessing yourself in the backrow, especially as a seven going for the ball you are going to hurt yourself.' Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Last week James Ryan, in a passing comment, spoke of Dan Leavy. “He’s someone who throws his head into anything really,” said the Leinster and Ireland(...)

Robbie Henshaw training with Leinster on Monday. “Robbie is good to go. He has ticked all the boxes he needs to tick,” said Stuart Lancaster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster insists that Leinster are not giving up hope on the fitness of Seán O’Brien and Robbie Henshaw for Saturdays European Champions Cup s(...)

 Robbie Henshaw  took part in the captain’s run on Friday and also warmed up with Leinster on Saturday before their doomed Pro14 league match with Benetton Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster have signalled that Robbie Henshaw could be fit enough to play some part in their European Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets next wee(...)

Warren Gatland: some of the stuff thrown at him in Irish rugby circles  over the years only proves how much more sinned against than sinner he has been. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Warren Gatland’s expression is doleful at the best of times. But he must be particularly woebegone at the prospect of the run-in to this Saturday’s Si(...)

Ireland  coach Joe Schmidt  noted that this was the youngest Ireland squad for a Six Nations in his time at the helm. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The annual Natwest Six Nations launch in the Syon Park Hilton certainly brought Six Nations weather, and as well as the dank, grey, wet, windy weather(...)

Jordan Larmour will make his full European debut for Leinster against Glasgow at the RDS. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On the first of two defining weekends for the Irish provinces in Europe, Leinster and Munster could both qualify for the knockout stages of the Europe(...)

Rory Best: “To play 200 times for this province, you’d never dream of that. Photograph:  Arthur Allison.

Ulster v Leinster, Kingspan Stadium. Kick-Off: 6.30pm. (On TV: Live on BBC2 NI and Sky Sports Action) This should be fairly full on. It’s a mea(...)

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