Cian Healy

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 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 (...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

Matt Proctor in action against Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup  match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

All three Northampton players cited for dangerous tackles in last Saturday’s heavy defeat to Leinster at the Aviva stadium have had the complaints dis(...)

 Jordan Larmour:  further proof that Ireland should have built their attack around him  in 2019 was evident throughout his stunning performance against Northampton. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some subtle name dropping is required. No need to mention gold standard technical number eights like Kieran Read and Jamie Heaslip – Duane Vermeulen a(...)

 Dave Kearney of Leinser dives over to score a try that was subsequently disallowed. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster 50 Northampton Saints 21 A facile triumph, the foundations of which were laid with a brisk opening salvo and then followed by intermittent e(...)

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(...)

Ross Byrne scores Leinster’s fifth try against Northampton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 16 Leinster 43 A bonus-point victory on English soil, with the Premiership leaders beaten all ends up long before the finish of th(...)

Jordan Larmour starts at fullback for Leinster against Northampton. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions Cup Pool One: Northampton Saints v Leinster, Saturday December 7th, Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 1pm, Channel 4, Virgin Media, BT Sport) Jo(...)

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(...)

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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