Zane Kirchener

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Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the European Champions Cup trophy for Leinster in 2018, continuing a remarkable run of success for the Irish province. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

About eight minutes into the 2014 final of what was then known as the Rabo Direct Pro12 between Leinster and Glasgow, Brian O’Driscoll’s farewell game(...)

 Robbie Henshaw: the only player to retain  the same jersey from the Leinster backline which performed so stylishly against Wasps. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ospreys v Leinster Liberty Stadium, Saturday, 3pm. Live on Sky Sports 2. No less than the subsequent clash in Cork, there’s been a fair edge to thi(...)

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw will line out at centre against Munster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 2.05 (TG4 and Sky Sports 1) It’s back, and not a moment too soon, for the league itself and for both L(...)

Connacht celebrate with the Guinness Pro12 trophy. The province have a new breed of young player, along with a core of indigenous players, who now expect the province to be contenders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Memories are made of this and therein, perhaps, lies the greatest legacy of Connacht’s stunning success. Their spectacular triumph, from Irish rugby’s(...)

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster in Saturday evening’s crunch Pro 12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium. In total Leo Cullen has made nine c(...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Jack McGrath has been favoured in the Leinster frontrow to Cian Healy, who will be on the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As dead rubbers go, this is not actually a dud. For starters, technically speaking Leinster’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages for the 11th t(...)

Ian Madigan: Of the remaining provincially contracted players, he is the player Leinster are most at risk of losing. Photograph: RyanByrne/Inpho

Leinster could do with a win on Saturday for many reasons. While, realistically, it may not sufficiently atone for previous misdeeds and lead to qual(...)

 Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

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