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Jimmy O’Brien has earned his sport in Saturday’s line-up on merit. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

On a dark Sunday evening in November 2020, the day after Ireland had lost to England at Twickenham in the Autumn Nations Cup, Leinster hosted Cardiff (...)

Conor Fitzgerald comes in at outhalf for Connacht for his third start of the season in the URC game against the Cell C Sharks in Durban. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cell C Sharks v Connacht, Kings Park, Durban, Saturday , 3.05 Irish time – Live on TG4 and Premier Sports The timing of Connacht’s first visit to Dur(...)

Leo Cullen: ‘I’ve such fond memories of my time there and a lot of respect for the people who are there. A grounded bunch, I think it’s fair to say,’ said the Leinster coach of Leicester.   Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leo Cullen is likely to juggle Leinster’s considerable playing resources for their two-game trek to South Africa in the knowledge that when they retur(...)

 James Lowe celebrates scoring Leinster’s  fourth try during the second leg of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 56 Connacht 20 Not surprisingly, Leinster simply had too much power, skill and attacking variety and verve for their western neighbours and (...)

Jamison Gibson-Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster have restored Jamison Gibson-Park, Andrew Porter and Rónan Kelleher to their starting XV against Connacht in the second leg of the Heineken C(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier breaks through the tackle of    Jack Carty and Dave Heffernan of Connacht  during the  Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 first leg at the Sportsground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Josh van der Flier has most angles covered these days as befits a player who is in the form of his rugby life for Leinster and Ireland, perhaps the mo(...)

Jimmy O’Brien in action for Leinster against Connacht during the URC clash at the  The Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Champions Cup Round of 16, 1st Leg: Connacht v Leinster, The Sportsground, Friday, 8pm. - Live on BT Sport History calls them. After 26 years on the (...)

 Connacht’s Conor Oliver is the second highest tackler  overall in the Champions Cup with 49. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For those players who travelled from the east coast to the west coast, a Connacht-Leinster game has traditionally had an extra spice to it. Points to (...)

Andy Friend makes seven changes, which include the return of Jack Carty from Irish duty.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Preview: Edinburgh v Connacht Venue: The DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh. Kick-off: 7.35pm. On TV: Live on Premier Sports and TG4. Despite their fin(...)

Ulster’s Declan Moore celebrates scoring his side’s second try during the United Rugby Championship match at   Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster 32 Connacht 12 Some sprinkles of stardust from Ireland squad members Michael Lowry and Robert Baloucoune helped Ulster over the line for this (...)

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