Ronan Kelleher

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Johnny Sexton could be named as the new Ireland captain, having led the side against Russia during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon there will be a significant landmark in the new era for Irish rugby with the announcement of the first squad unde(...)

 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

Johnny Sexton sustained the knee injury in the first game against the Northampton Saints and was withdrawn shortly after half-time at  Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The date of Johnny Sexton’s potential return to Leinster colours is still unknown despite the fact that “his rehabilitation from a knee injury is goin(...)

 Caelan Doris and Max Deegan:  have been making rapid progress this season with unbeaten Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Besides Ireland’s spectacular failure at the World Cup – and a poor Six Nations campaign – rugby on the island had a very productive 2019. I know, I (...)

Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s ability to maintain an unbeaten start to the season will lean heavily on their extended squad and academy players during the next three mat(...)

Scott Fardy will captain Leinster this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scott Fardy will captain Leinster in Saturday afternoon’s Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints, he’s one of five changes to the starting XV ann(...)

 Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Northampton Saints’ Connor Tupai  and Tom Wood during last week’s  Champions Cup Round clash at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Honesty is an important character trait in the fulfilment of potential and the pursuit of excellence, so too diligence in absorbing on-field lessons. (...)

Cian Healy on Leinster’s returning internationals: ‘We came in to train first. We didn’t come in just to jump into a position. We had to work into game minutes and that was the pressure that was there.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Last season Cian Healy had played nine Leinster matches before the end of the calendar year. This week brings Northampton in the first of Leinster’s b(...)

As well as his skill-set, at 6 feet and 105kg, Ronan Kelleher is built like a tank. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Andy Farrell has been an intrigued spectator at many of the provinces’ games and there’s plenty for him to mull over, most of it encouraging. With a n(...)

Devin Toner and Tadhg Furlong training at Donnybrook. Furlong returns to the starting line-up in France while Toner must settle for a place on the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Lyon v Leinster Kick-off: 3.15pm (Irish time), Saturday. Venue: Stade de Gerland. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblo(...)

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