Cian Healy signs new IRFU contract

The 88-times capped Ireland prop's contract will run until summer 2021.

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Healy banking on fans to neutralise enemy territory

Brendan O'Brien It’s eight years since Leinster faced an ‘away’ league final.

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Leinster make it clear: Sexton was not dropped

Leinster are keen to make one thing abundantly clear: Jonathan Sexton was not dropped for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS last Saturday.

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Devin Toner to miss Pro14 final

Leinster will be without second row Devin Toner for this Saturday's Guinness Pro14 final with the Glasgow Warriors.

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Nervous Flier’s seamless return massive boost for Schmidt

Josh van der Flier admits he was a bundle of nerves ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final win over Munster.

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Straight-up Larmour admits Leinster got ‘ziggy-zaggy’

Not for Jordan Larmour the comforting blankets of self-pity or self-denial.

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Police praise rugby fans as just one arrested on European finals weekend

Police have praised supporters who downed ‘gallons of beer’ without causing any trouble.

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Cullen 'gutted' at loss against Saracens

Johnny Sexton left St James’ Park regretting missed opportunities as Saracens powered to their third Heineken Champions Cup title in four seasons and denied Leinster a record fifth European crown.

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Player Ratings: Leinster V Saracens

Steffan Thomas rates the players of both sides of the Heinken Champions Cup final.

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Sarries turn the screw at the moments that matter

Nothing has typified the indomitable will of both Leinster and Ireland in recent years so much as their habit of sticking the knife into opponents in the moments and minutes approaching half-time.

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Leinster come up short against Saracens for Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster’s bid for a record fifth European crown came up short at St James’ Park on Saturday as Saracens reclaimed the Heineken Champions Cup for their third title in four seasons.

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‘Breaking ball, absolutely. The scraps are going to be huge’

There was a time early on in his career when it was almost mandatory to precede Robbie Henshaw’s name with the phrase ‘former Westmeath minor footballer’ given his three Leinster Championship appearances for the county.

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Leinster and Saracens are two giants cut from the same cloth

For years, the power and impact of Munster’s heroic exploits in Europe haunted Leinster.

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Leinster embrace history as they look ahead to Saracens

Leinster are refusing to shy away from history as they chase a fifth star against Saracens in Newcastle this weekend.

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Lancaster’s England tyros now back to threaten Leinster’s Euro finale

Stuart Lancaster needs no introduction to the dangers Leinster will be facing when they go toe-to-toe with Saracens in Saturday’s heavyweight Heineken Champions Cup final.

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Rennie: ‘If any side can roll Saracens, it’s Leinster’

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie knows better than most about the respective merits of this Saturday’s protagonists in the Heineken Champions Cup final.

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'We're pretty confident' - Lancaster certain Leinster will rise to the occasion in Newcastle

Stuart Lancaster has no doubt but that Leinster will shed their recent inconsistencies and producing a monster performance against Saracens in a heavyweight European decider this Saturday.

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Leinster optimistic Cronin will be fit for Champions Cup final

Leinster remain optimistic that Sean Cronin will be passed fit for Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup final against Saracens in Newcastle.

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Ryan hails ‘heart on sleeve’ O’Mahony

It will be Andy Farrell’s choice who captains Ireland in next year’s Six Nations, but James Ryan believes he has a gem in Peter O’Mahony.

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Byrne hoping for a late, late show with Leinster

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Bryan Byrne was playing in the B&I Cup final at Ealing’s Trailfinders Sports Ground in front of 1,386 fans.

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McBryde to replace Ireland-bound Fogarty at Leinster

Robin McBryde, the Wales forwards coach, will join Leinster after the Rugby World Cup, replacing Ireland-bound John Fogarty.

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Low-key derby as stars kept for big stage

The promotional posters for this game pitted Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale against Jamison Gibson-Park and Adam Byrne.

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Leinster and Ulster teams named ahead of tomorrow's clash

Both Leinster and Ulster have named their teams ahead of their clash tomorrow at the Kingspan stadium.

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Kearney: 'Stuesday' sessions brought Leinster to boil

Rob Kearney says Leinster’s training sessions ahead of last Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final were tougher than the game itself.

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Three Leinster players among five nominees for European player of the year award

Three Leinster players are in the running for the European player of the year award.

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Ruddock and Cronin doubts for Champions Cup final

Rhys Ruddock and Seán Cronin have emerged as serious doubts for Leinster’s Champions Cup final next month.

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Adam Byrne to miss rest of the season for Leinster

Leinster will be without Adam Byrne for the rest of the season.

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Leinster are motivated for Newcastle

Leo Cullen is not convinced that Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to England last February will have any effect on next month’s Champions Cup final.

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Kaino readying the ‘kitchen sink’ for Leinster challenge

Toulouse face a ‘mountainous’ challenge against the premier club side in Europe when they face Leinster in the semi-final of the Champions Cup, according to double World Cup-winning All Black Jerome Kaino.

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James Lowe and Johnny Sexton picked to start for Leinster

An injury to Jamison Gibson-Park has handed James Lowe the opportunity to start on the wing for Leinster against Toulouse on Sunday.

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Cronin doesn't feel scapegoated for Six Nations woe

Sean Cronin doesn’t feel he was scapegoated for Ireland’s poor Six Nations display in Italy last month.

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Toulouse ‘building something special’, says Richie Arnold

Toulouse lock Richie Arnold says they will head to Dublin this weekend with a lot of confidence after seeing off Clermont Auvergne 47-44 in a top-of-the-table Top 14 clash on Sunday.

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Sexton back as Leinster bid to ‘turn it on’ for Toulouse

The consensus is that Leinster have not been the same ruthlessly efficient machine in Europe this season as last.

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Sexton and Furlong provide Leinster boost for Toulouse test

Leinster's prospects for Sunday's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse have been boosted no end with the news that both Jonathan Sexton and Tadhg Furlong are fit and ready to lend their weight to the reigning champions' efforts.

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Warriors prevail as Cullen looks at the bigger picture

PRO 14 Scoreboard here with this one Leo Cullen said Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final will be a litmus test for him and his coaching team’s player management system.

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Glasgow reclaim top spot after five-try win over Leinster

Glasgow Warriors reclaimed top spot in Conference A of the Guinness PRO14 with a fantastic five-try 39-24 win over fellow table toppers Leinster at the RDS.

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O’Brien certain he has plenty left in the tank

Sean O’Brien’s form and fitness have both given cause for concern this season, but the Leinster back row remains confident that he still has plenty to offer as his last days with province and country approach.

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Henshaw and Toner return from injury for Leinster

Sean O'Brien starts at openside flanker and will captain the side.

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Contepomi: Sexton needs training, not matches

Felipe Contepomi insists that Jonathan Sexton is more than capable of parachuting back into Leinster’s XV for Sunday week’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse in Dublin.

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Johnny Sexton could return from injury this weekend

Sexton will hope to regain match fitness ahead of the Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse.

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Leinster’s understudies aim to grab chance to impress

Some of their frontline players may have their feet up this weekend, but for those Leinster players in the RDS tonight, there’s a priceless opportunity to top up their credit with coach Leo Cullen.

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Leavy layoff puts van der Flier woes in context

Josh van der Flier says Dan Leavy’s horror injury has helped him to put his own bad luck into perspective.

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Henshaw injury suffered by ‘only three or four in world’

It has taken far longer than he ever expected, but Robbie Henshaw’s return to fitness has been timed well.

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Ulster’s upswing makes it hard for Rory to call time

Brendan O’Brien Rory Best will meet Ulster bosses in the next week in a bid to decide whether he will play for his native province after next season’s World Cup.

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Injury scuppers Leavy’s Ireland World Cup dream

Leinster qualified for their 11th European Cup semi-final just 36 hours earlier, but a “bizarre mood” hung over the province’s HQ on Monday morning.

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Big call at 15 as Larmour replaces veteran Kearney

Jonathan Sexton’s mood was one of the talking points in a disappointing Six Nations campaign for Ireland and it’s unlikely that his humour has improved given his absence from today’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final between Leinster and Ulster.

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Cullen: Byrne deserves opportunity to shine

It’s 10 years now since Felipe Contepomi’s knee crumpled and Jonathan Sexton stepped into the breach for a European knockout fixture in Dublin against an interprovincial rival.

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Friends become foes in showdown at the Aviva

Injury updates aren’t always worth the paper they are printed on but the absence of Jordan Larmour’s and Jacob Stockdale’s names from this week’s Leinster and Ulster updates allows us a few days to contemplate a potentially exhilarating tete-a-tete.

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I won’t have Johnny’s back this time, says Best

They have led the Irish team to greatness and back again and together will carry a nation’s World Cup hopes to Japan, but right now Rory Best is seeing one advantage in going up against Johnny Sexton.

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Sexton must end the histrionics and rediscover his true self

This week represents a step back in time for some of Ireland’s senior players.

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Cullen to turn Ireland pain into Leinster’s gain

Leo Cullen believes every one of the 15 Leinster players who featured in Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign will feel they have a point to prove when the province faces Ulster in a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday evening.

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Season over for luckless van der Flier

Josh van der Flier’s season looks to be over after confirmation that the Leinster and Ireland flanker has had surgery on a groin injury.

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Edinburgh inflict first loss of 2019 on Leinster

Edinburgh remain in the running for a Guinness PRO14 play-off spot after posting a comfortable 28-11 win over defending champions Leinster at BT Murrayfield.

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Eight-week ban for Springbok prop over 'intentional' head-high hit on Fergus McFadden

Cheetahs prop Ox Nche has received an eight-week ban for his head hit on Leinster's Fergus McFadden.

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Springbok prop cited for tackle on Leinster's Fergus McFadden

The 23-year-old Springbok was sin binned at the time but referee Nigel Owens decided not to send him off.

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Wary Leinster haven’t forgotten Cheetahs’ bite

If the Cheetahs thought they might get an easy run out against Leinster during the Six Nations, the South Africans were sadly mistaken.

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O’Loughlin preaches the simple life at the top table

Rory O’Loughlin has read the negative comments and heard the disparaging remarks — but the Leinster midfielder would still have given everything to play in Rome last weekend.

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