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Dublin: 14 °C Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Leinster

# leinster - Today’s News

‘I don’t think we’re in dire straits’ – Leinster’s Isaac Boss

The defeats against Toulon and the Ospreys were partly down to inaccuracy and indiscipline, says the scrum-half

# leinster - Yesterday’s News

Kilkenny man Peter Lydon leaving Stade Français for London Scottish

The 21-year-old will be playing his rugby in the English Championship next season.

Pro12 title and Argentina tour now the targets for Leinster’s Mike McCarthy

The Ireland international lock is enjoying working under Matt O’Connor with his province.

# leinster - Friday 11 April, 2014

Leinster edged out by the Ospreys as Biggar’s kicking makes the difference

Cian Healy led the fightback for Matt O’Connor’s side, but they came up short due to a lack of precision.

# leinster - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Seven changes for Leinster as they look to bounce back against Ospreys

Head coach Matt O’Connor has shifted Gordon D’Arcy out to the 13 shirt as Noel Reid comes into the team.

VIDEO: A slick reminder that the grassroots game is the heartbeat of Irish rugby

Leinster rugby have produced some inspiring footage that may get you down to a local rugby club this weekend.

# leinster - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Analysis: Leinster’s game plan comes up short against Toulon’s extreme power

Using GIFs and videos, we’ve examined the province’s kicking and attacking during the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Westmeath’s Conor Gilsenan agrees move to London Irish

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

# leinster - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

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.

# leinster - Monday 7 April, 2014

The most notable stats after a mixed bag of a Heineken Cup weekend

Leinster’s missed tackles, Munster’s rucking efficiency and Ulster’s share of possession all feature.

Here’s what the French media are saying after the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

We’ve taken a look at L’Équipe, Midi Olympique and Rugbyrama to discover the alternative viewpoint on the action.

5 things we learned from the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

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

# leinster - 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.

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.

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.

‘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.

# leinster - Friday 4 April, 2014

Here’s what the French media are saying about the Heineken Cup weekend ahead

We’ve taken a look at the pages of Midi Olympique, L’Équipe and Rugbyrama to see what the other side are talking about.

Leinster go for Jimmy Gopperth at out-half ahead of difficult trip to Toulon

Meanwhile, Cian Healy, Rhys Ruddock and Dave Kearney are all fit to start at Stade Mayol.

Ireland U18 Clubs name promising squad to travel to Three Nations Tournament

Leinster have 10 players included in the squad, with Munster providing six, Ulster two and Connacht just one.

O’Connor giving nothing away as Toulon tussle looms large

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

# leinster - Thursday 3 April, 2014

‘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.

Wilkinson and Castro return as Toulon name 27-man group to face Leinster

Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams have failed to recover from injury in time for the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

High-intensity attack and Reddan’s influence can sway Toulon tie in Leinster’s favour

Grenoble skills coach and former Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast talks us through winning at Stade Mayol.

# leinster - 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.

‘Do you want to let Alain Rolland know that?’ – Penney’s pride in Munster scrum

The province’s Kiwi head coach is confident his forwards can deal with the ‘behemoth’ Toulouse pack this weekend.

# leinster - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Brian O’Driscoll back in full training while Leinster’s front row concerns subside

The eastern province has issued a clean bill of health ahead of the Toulon clash.

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.

# leinster - Monday 31 March, 2014

Toulon president cancels rugby friendly after Beziers vote National Front

Mourad Boudjellal has more than Leinster on his mind this week.

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.

Picamoles and Johnston emerge as doubts for Toulouse’s visit to Munster

The powerful pair of forwards were withdrawn during their side’s 32-28 defeat to Toulon on Saturday.

# leinster - Sunday 30 March, 2014

‘The rivalry is the rivalry and everyone needed to win’ – Leinster’s O’Connor content

The Australian head coach took great satisfaction in securing a derby win a week out from facing Toulon in the Heineken Cup

Munster ‘not in a happy place’ but focus shifts immediately to Toulouse

Head coach Rob Penney was disappointed by the manner in which Leinster enjoyed long periods of possession.

# leinster - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Munster hooker Varley: ‘I think we deserved a lot more reward from the scrum’

The stand-in captain of the southern province didn’t agree with Alain Rolland’s refereeing in the tight.

Leinster coach O’Connor confident about O’Driscoll recovery after ‘bang on the neck’

The outside centre was replaced in the second half of the province’s 22-18 win over Munster in Dublin.

As it happened: Leinster v Munster, Pro12

We were live from the Aviva Stadium as the provincial rivals clashed in a top of the table encounter.

4 tactical areas that could prove the difference in the Leinster v Munster derby

The breakdown will be fiercely contested in Dublin this evening, while the set-piece looks as vital as ever.

# leinster - Friday 28 March, 2014

VIDEO: This is what it’s like to get smashed by Leinster rugby players

A braver soul than us takes on the challenge.

Wilkinson ruled out of Toulon’s clash with Toulouse but should return for Leinster

Meanwhile, Toulouse have welcomed Yannick Nyanga, Florian Fritz and Yann David back from injury.

What goes into being a professional fullback? Munster’s Felix Jones explains…

Kick chase, counter-attacking, one-on-one tackling and painting pictures to the opposition out-half are on the agenda.

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