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06 March 2018 01:39 Keith Earls backs Garry Ringrose as he faces the Brian O’Driscoll Ringer

Keith Earls was one of the first Irish backs to be landed with the dubious honour of being ‘the next Brian O’Driscoll’, so his first emotion when Garry Ringrose was slapped with the same tag was one of avuncular concern. For Earls, such talk had been a millstone around his neck, an unwanted burden on a pair of shoulders that was already feeling the weight 24

21 February 2018 19:04 Porter to start for Ireland as Furlong and Henderson set to miss out

James Ryan is set to return to Ireland’s second row for the Six Nations clash with Wales. JOE SCHMIDT IS set to hand Andrew Porter his second international start in Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales in Dublin on Saturday [KO 2.15pm], as Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson could miss out through injury. 22-year-old Porter is set to take over from Furlong 15

13 February 2018 01:06 ‘Big step’ for Garry Ringrose to replace injured Robbie Henshaw

Henshaw has been ruled out of the entire championship after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury sustained in the second half of Saturday’s hammering of Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Ringrose would be the ideal replacement at outside centre, but speaking at the launch of Leinster’s new partnership with the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin, senior coach 19

12 February 2018 14:10 Henshaw ruled out of Six Nations but Furlong looks good for Wales

The outside centre suffered a shoulder injury against Italy. IRELAND HAVE CONFIRMED that Robbie Henshaw will play no further part in the 2018 Six Nations. The centre this morning underwent a procedure on the injury to his right shoulder that he suffered in Saturday’s eight-try win over Italy. More positively for Ireland, Tadhg Furlong should be available 11

26 October 2017 14:07 Bundee Aki can make a difference for Ireland says ex-Connacht coach Pat Lam

Bundee Aki can become a "special" player for Ireland, according to his former Connacht coach Pat Lam. New Zealand-born centre Aki has won his first Ireland call-up for the November Tests, after completing his three-year residency period. The 27-year-old with Samoan parents is one of four uncapped additions to head coach Joe Schmidt's 38-man squad for Ireland's 12

21 October 2017 14:21 Leinster's first win in Glasgow since 2012 puts them in control of Champions Cup pool

The key moments of this game arrived just before the break and were a take of two penalties. With the sides pegged at 7-7, Stuart Hogg missed his from distance but Leinster kicked theirs to the corner, rumbling Cian Healy over the line for a stunning 20-yard mauled try, his second of the half. Jonathan Sexton's conversion made it 14-7 to the visitors 13

15 October 2017 07:44 'It was stressful viewing at times'

Moreover, the visitors looked some way removed from the level of fitness required to succeed at this level. And yet they had Leinster - reduced to 14 men with the binning of Adam Byrne on the final straight - sweating over whether they would be reflecting on a win or a draw. A bonus-point win, as it turned out. Some way removed from the corresponding 12

15 October 2017 01:33 Leinster brio trumps French brawn

Moreover, the visitors looked some way removed from the level of fitness required to succeed at this level. And yet they had Leinster - reduced to 14 men with the binning of Adam Byrne on the final straight - sweating over whether they would be reflecting on a win or a draw. A bonus-point win, as it turned out. Some way removed from the corresponding 9

14 October 2017 17:04 Henshaw flourishes at 13, Ryan's European debut and more talking points from the RDS

Leinster are up and running in Pool 3. LEINSTER SCORED FOUR tries and withstood a late rally from Montpellier to get their Champions Cup campaign up and running with a 24-17 victory at the RDS this afternoon. You can read our match report here and post-match reaction from Leo Cullen here. Below, are three talking points from the Pool 3 clash. We all know the importance 15

14 October 2017 15:53 Cullen 'relieved and exhausted' after Leinster show bravery to put everything on the line

The eastern province withstood a late Montpellier rally to seal a 24-17 bonus-point win at the RDS. MUCH LIKE THE vast majority inside this ground, all of whom were left on the edge of their seat right up until the final kick of a gripping contest, Leo Cullen breathed a huge sigh of relief when all was said and done. Leinster are up and running in Europe 6