Leinster play at the RDS Arena. They are the most successful Irish provincial side in Europe, with four titles, and have won the Pro12 the same amount of times. They became only the second team in history to retain the European Cup, winning it three times in four years between 2009 and 2012.

Reigning champs: Saracens are looking for the double as they take Exeter on at Twickenham

By Alex Shaw It’s finals weekend in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 and though the prospect of international rugby looms large, all eyes will be on Twickenham and this…

Going places: Garry Ringrose has emerged as a major talent at Leinster. (Photo: Inpho)

Who got you into rugby? My dad Niall was helping with the coaching at Blackrock College rugby club and took me along when I was five or six. I was…

An unusual warm-up: Connacht's bench during the match in Krasnoyarsk. (Photo: Inpho)

The Saints Hot stuff in the cold Connacht deserve absolutely all the plaudits in the world for playing through temperatures of around -20 celcius and managing to beat Enisei STM…

Sole Irish interest: Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald dots down in 2011 but who will emerge victorious this time?

If you take the law of averages, only one away side a year prevails at the Champions Cup quarter-final stage – a statistic that this year’s four English teams will…

Job done: The Aviva Stadium erupts as Craig Joubert blows the final whistle to mark Ireland's 19-9 defeat of England ©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

A 10-point defeat away to a side that has now won their last 10 consecutive Tests. That statement represents the stark outcome for England on a soggy Sunday in Dublin. However, for…

Happy days: Bath's players celebrate after clinching their win in Toulouse

English clubs had the most to celebrate after a terrific weekend of European Champions Cup rugby, as four of the five Aviva Premiership sides who were playing non-English opponents won.…