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Dublin: 13 °C Thursday 24 April, 2014

Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Westmeath’s Conor Gilsenan agrees move to London Irish

The Leinster academy back row is currently on loan with Connacht.

Jared Payne handed two-week ban for ‘reckless act’ against Saracens

The Kiwi is suspended until Ulster’s home clash with Leinster.

Ulster count the cost of immense 14-man effort with six ruled out through injury

Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar both face six weeks out, while Dan Tuohy and Roger Wilson will not return until May.

Shoulder surgery rules O’Mahony out for rest of season

And elsewhere, Ulster have signed up a former Munster prop.

D’Arcy v Bastareaud: ‘He’s one of the hardest guys to defend in the world’

The sheer size of the French centre makes it difficult for Gordon D’Arcy to keep his missed tackle count to a minimum.

Tuesday 8 April, 2014

‘I like a little dive myself’: Damien Duff is a gloriously honest football analyst

The international winger is calling it as he sees it on TV3.

Cristiano Ronaldo is throwing a proper tantrum on the bench in Dortmund

It’s not pleasant viewing from the away dugout in the Westfalen Stadium.

Leinster back to basics after ‘wake-up call’ against Toulon

Head coach Matt O’Connor is keen that his side learn the lessons of their sub-par display in France.

Positive news on McFadden knee injury, but winger still facing weeks on the sideline

The winger has strained his medial ligaments, but head coach Matt O’Connor insists he’ll return before the end of the season.

Monday 7 April, 2014

Anscombe proud of ‘scrambling’ Ulster after enforced tactical reshuffle

The New Zealander was forced to tear up his plans and start again after just four minutes against Saracens.

5 things we learned from the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

It was a rollercoaster weekend of rugby with plenty of ups in Thomond Park.

Sunday 6 April, 2014

‘We let ourselves down’: Leinster left to bemoan absent accuracy in Toulon

Jamie Heaslip said the loss is hard to take, but admits that Toulon were better in most facets of the game.

Snapshot: The saddest lads in the world watch Leinster lose in France

If you think you were disappointed watching the Heineken Cup today, spare a thought for these guys.

O’Driscoll ends European odyssey in disappointment as Toulon prove too tough for Leinster

The reigning champions always looked to be a step ahead of their predecessors today.

Bowe laments loss of ‘best opportunity Ulster may ever have’ to win Heineken Cup

The winger had felt that everything was in place for Ulster this year.

As it happened: Toulon v Leinster, Heineken Cup quarter-final

Can Leinster bring a Heineken Cup semi-final to Dublin? Or will Munster have to head to Marseille.

Saracens defeat ‘will haunt Ulster players for the rest of our lives’

Ulster captain told his players that beating Saracens would have been a greater achievement than winning the World Cup, but it was not to be.

‘We know what it takes’: Heaslip hoping to join Munster in semis with victory in Toulon

Leinster will have to topple the reigning champions to maintain an interest in the Heineken Cup.

Saturday 5 April, 2014

Incredible 14-man performance from Ulster comes up short against Saracens

Jared Payne’s early red card turned the tide irreversibly in Saracens’ favour.

As it happened: Ulster v Saracens, Heineken Cup quarter-final

We’re going minute-by-minute from the new Grandstand in Ravenhill as Ulster try to take their place in the semi-finals.

Bit by bit Bowe and Ulster in better place to beat Saracens

12 months on from their last meeting in Twickenham, the northern province welcome the Premiership leaders for a special night in Ravenhill.

Toulouse v Munster: The previous meetings between giants of European rugby

Despite their separate successful histories, the fixture has only been played four times in the Heineken Cup.

Friday 4 April, 2014

O’Connor giving nothing away as Toulon tussle looms large

The Leinster head coach has recent experience of taking on the European champions.

Thursday 3 April, 2014

Tyrone take on Dublin with just one change while Derry rotate 14 NFL

Tyrone take on Dublin with just one change while Derry rotate 14

Emmet McGuckin is the only survivor in Brian McIver’s high flying Oak Leaf side.

‘I could play them today’: Heaslip raring to go up against Toulon

The number eight can’t get enough of the business end of the season.

Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Leinster’s best may not be good enough in Toulon, admits Eoin Reddan

‘It’s hard to put a decent spin on it,’ says the experienced scrum-half.

Daydream to reality: Trimble at top of his game and determined to stay there

The winger has moved from international outsider to match-winner during the course of this season.

Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Rory Best: Ulster must stay cool and selfish to see off Saracens

The hooker is counting the minutes to Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final at Ravenhill.

Ulster expect Pienaar to return for Saracens showdown

Rory Best will also return to the side allowing Mark Anscombe to pick a full-strength squad.

Game management key if Leinster are to overthrow Toulon

“If we kick badly to these guys they will really hurt you,” says Leinster and Ireland coach Richie Murphy.

Monday 31 March, 2014

Towering Andy Carroll delivers Hammer blow to Sunderland

The Black Cats rallied after falling 2 – 0 down, but it was a case of too little too late.

‘New challenge, but the same principles’: Jennings calls on Leinster to manage emotion on trip to Toulon

The flanker admits that the reigning champions could prove Leinster’s toughest opponent to date, but that will not mean a change in approach.

Former Ireland coach Gert Smal takes control of Western Province

The forwards coach has been named the new director of rugby with the club he has previously represented as a player and a coach.

O’Driscoll, Healy and McGrath will be ready to go when Leinster visit Toulon

The trio have modified training loads early this week, but will be fit and ready for Sunday’s clash with the champions.

Sunday 16 March, 2014’s Six Nations awards extravaganza

Put down that ice-pack and get your tux on for our big end-of-Championship awards bash.

Take the cup home: Six Nations Champions Ireland will arrive in Dublin this afternoon

They’ll have a little extra luggage than they left with.

In Pics: Selfies and celebrations as Ireland take Six Nations title

Here’s where we all wish we were tonight.

Saturday 15 March, 2014

Paul O’Connell eyes room for improvement even at finest hour

The captain doesn’t sound like a man ready to stop at two championship medals.

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