Rory O’Loughlin of Leinster celebrates after scoring their second try during the Champions Cup match against  Bath  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A relatively satisfied Leo Cullen pinpointed Leinster’s improved work in the contact area as central to their much improved performance, and with it a(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 5.30pm (On TV: Live on BT Sport) It doesn’t necessarily follow that away wins are the precursor(...)

Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga goes off injured during the Heineken Champions Cup game against Leinster at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England winger Joe Cokanasiga is set to be out of action until the new year and faces a race to prove his fitness for the Six Nations opener against I(...)

Stuart Lancaster has said he is happy at Leinster amid rumours that he may leave. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster possesses a healthy disdain for rumour-mongering especially when it comes to being linked with coaching positions, coloured by h(...)

James Ryan takes a lineout at The Rec. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Flag-gate precedes Leinster’s win over Bath Mean spirited prohibition or jobsworth living his best life? Either way, Leinster’s mini-invasion of Bath(...)

Sam Underhill enjoyed a fine game for Bath against Leinster. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Despite failing to win all three Champions Cup games this season, Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has promised a full strength squad will be se(...)

Girvan Dempsey has said his position at Bath is secure as the club prepare  a coaching overhaul. Photograph: Bob Bradford/Getty

Girvan Dempsey took the career coach’s plunge. Moving away from boyhood environs, where he served as resident Leinster fullback, straddling amateur to(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud: returns to the Toulon side for the visit to Edinburgh  after serving a five-week suspension. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE v EXETER CHIEFS, Stade Pierre Fabre (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport) Injuries to Sam Skinner, Dave Dennis and Dave Ewers mean th(...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score a try during the European Champions Cup match against Toulouse  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

The Champions Cup organisers have confirmed Bath have signalled their intentions to request formally that last week’s defeat by Toulouse is replayed i(...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score during the European Champions Cup game against Toulouse. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Showboating, I know something of this idiotic art-form. Truth be told, such antics very nearly wrote my sporting epitaph. The Freddie Burns gift for (...)

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