Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. An O’Brien tide lifted all boats. The best captain Ireland never had? Photograph: Inpho

Another one bites the dust, and, allowing for ongoing Sevens and under-20s commitments, this applies to both another domestic rugby season and, sadly,(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton celebrating after the Pro14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi provided context to Leinster head coach Leo Cullen’s post-match observations in which he expressed his disappointment about what he c(...)

Rob Kearney: “If you have the taste of what success is, you get really greedy after you win trophies.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Exeter Chiefs v Leinster, Sandy Park, Sunday,  5.30pm (Live BT Sport) The best game of the weekend, arguably, has been kept until last, with the(...)

Peter O’Mahony supports Rhys Ruddock at a lineout practice during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v South Africa, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 5.30pm. On TV: Live on RTÉ2 and Sky Sports This should be interesting. To the backdrop of a fei(...)

Connacht’s newly-qualified Bundee Aki is set to battle with Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey to partner Robbie Henshaw in the centre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Following on from last summer’s tour to the USA and Japan, to all intents and purposes yesterday’s Ireland squad announcement continued the countdown (...)

Leinster’s frontrow forward Peter Dooley in action against Scarlets last October in the Guinness Pro12. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Peter Dooley’s rugby career has been shaped, literally and figuratively, by a number of individuals including Seá n O’Brien, Gerry Murphy, Daniel Dav(...)