Sean O'Brien

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Rory Best: “To play 200 times for this province, you’d never dream of that. Photograph:  Arthur Allison.

Ulster v Leinster, Kingspan Stadium. Kick-Off: 6.30pm. (On TV: Live on BBC2 NI and Sky Sports Action) This should be fairly full on. It’s a mea(...)

Ireland’s full-back Rob Kearney  is tackled during Saturday’s Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

A tardy arrival by bus can hardly explain such an emotionally sluggish entry into to a Six Nations opener, the consequences of which has already scupp(...)

In 2009, Ireland achieved their first Grand Slam in 61 years thanks to the lowest injury profile imaginable. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Aside from the glaringly obvious – uppermost amongst them being a good squad well coached – prospective Six Nations Champions require a few other fac(...)

Rob Kearney (L) is out of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh after picking up a knee injury in the province’s defeat to Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney may be out of the Leinster team for a number of weeks after picking up a knee injury against Glasgow last weekend. The Leinster and Irelan(...)

After taking a sabbatical from rugby, former Munster lock Ian Nagle has signed for Leinster for the upcoming season. Photo: Inpho

Leinster have today added two new players to their squad in the form of Robbie Henshaw and former Munster lock Ian Nagle, as well as confirming that 1(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)

Ian Madigan is 26 now and, while his skill-set has never been in doubt,  he just needs to play consistently at Number 10.

This column being a review of 2015, it proved a year when Ian Madigan spent most of that time wedged between a rock and a hard place. I felt he coped(...)

Talented Leinster back Garry Ringrose lines out at outside centre, having taken man-of-the-match award in win over Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen certainly can’t be accused of operating within narrow selection parameters, something that the academy players have come to appreciate in t(...)

Ireland flanker Jordi Murphy had a tough day against the outstanding Justin Tipuric of Wales during the World Cup warm-up at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Iain Henderson or Devin Toner? It’s not really a tough call anymore. The second best forward in Ireland these past six months, this 23-year-old Craiga(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has played 663 minutes for Leinster in the Pro12 this season, 41.4% of the total 1,600. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When measured by the number of minutes played, at least half a dozen of Leinster’s frontline players have not been playing for their province during (...)

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