Leinster play at the RDS Arena. They are the reigning Pro12 champions, beating Glasgow in last year’s final, and also won the title in 2013. They became only the second team in history to retain the European Cup, winning it three times in four years between 2009 and 2012.

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.…

Brian O'Driscoll The Test

In The Test, Brian O’Driscoll takes the reader behind the scenes of his life from his childhood to his retirement from playing this year, dealing honestly with the most traumatic of…

London Welsh v Newcastle Falcons

ON THE last weekend of league action before domestic rugby turns to Europe, the Aviva Premiership saw Leicester return to winning ways, as they beat Harlequins 22-16 on Friday night,…