'I have to make those calls' - Peter O'Mahony defends decision to kick to corner in endgame
Munster captain Peter O'Mahony defended his decision to kick for the corner when his side trailed 13-8 on the scoreboard with 12 minutes remaining.
Munster captain Peter O'Mahony defended his decision to kick for the corner when his side trailed 13-8 on the scoreboard with 12 minutes remaining.
Monday morning in Leinster HQ and it is business as usual. But for the gleaming Champions Cup trophy sitting proudly in the reception, you would be forgiven that this was just another week.
Munster have bolstered their back-row options ahead of next season with the signing of South African Arno Botha on a one-year contract.
If things had worked out according to plan, retirement would only now becoming into serious consideration for Niall Ronan.
Jordan Larmour's dream debut season shows no signs of abating as he was rewarded with a Leinster senior contract.
Rory Scannell believes that the gap between Munster and Leinster is not as big as many people are currently making out.
As Leinster sweat over the fitness of the country's undisputed first-choice out-half, Munster are facing a dilemma of their own, as they must decide who their main man will be for Saturday's Guinness PRO14 semi-final.
Waking up in Bilbao on Saturday morning, it’s likely that Racing 92 were the happier of the two teams to see the forecast deluge arrive right on cue.
Five years after winning their first British and Irish Cup, Leinster 'A' will look to win their third this afternoon, before the competition is disbanded.
The personnel in Bilbao tomorrow might well be very different to the side that played in Galway a fortnight ago, but nevertheless Stuart Lancaster has revealed that he dished out a few home truths to players ahead of the Champions Cup final.
Hearing the All Blacks' joint second highest try scorer not only heap praise on a man from Nenagh, but going as far to suggest that Racing's galacticos could learn a thing or two from him, is one of those moments when you just have to accept that life often works in mysterious ways.
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By the time Scott Deasy made his Munster debut when he replaced Ronan O'Gara against Connacht in December 2009, there was already a fair amount of excitement around a player who many...
And so, Father Time has eventually caught up with the man who never knew when he was beaten.
Now in his seventh season in charge of Lansdowne, Mike Ruddock is perfectly placed to judge the level of talent currently in the All-Ireland League (AIL).
Just as everything was finally beginning to fall into place for Sammy Arnold, another unforeseen setback threatened to derail his considerable progress.
Iain Henderson is a doubt for Ireland's summer tour as the knee injury he picked up in Saturday's draw against Munster is set to keep him out for a spell.
Peter O'Mahony might be "getting tired of learning lessons", yet when the chips were down last week the skipper was the driving force behind getting the players going again.
When Johann van Graan arrived in Munster mid-season, he wasn't naive enough to think that the best approach was to rip up the script and start again.
Racing 92 have been rocked by a double injury blow as French international pair Maxime Machenaud and Dimitri Szarzewski have been ruled out of the Champions Cup final against Leinster on May 12.
Ulster have confirmed that they have signed a new head coach, who the club insist was their number-one candidate throughout a lengthy recruitment process.
At the end of a pulsating 80 minutes at Thomond Park, one side were left feeling like they had won the game, while the other headed back up north wondering what might have been.
Munster have confirmed that Gerbrandt Grobler will leave the province this summer, when his contract expires.
Ulster's trophyless run will enter its 13th year, as they failed to pick up the bonus point win that they needed to give them any hope of reaching the Guinness PRO14 quarter-finals.
Munster were never likely to field a first-choice team against Ulster, but even still, by making 14 changes, Johann van Graan has not revealed his full hand before a potential quarter-final meeting back in Limerick.
Munster failed to keep up their side of the bargain to give most Irish supporters the dream Champions Cup final, but Leinster believe that could yet be a blessing in disguise.
Like several of his Leinster and Ireland team-mates, Andrew Porter has had to rip up his list of goals for the season and rewrite them.
As the out-half saga rumbles on, Leinster's stance remains the same - they want Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne to stay at the province and neither will be leaving unless they want to.
Munster are set to cut several young players from their academy structures as the province looks to reconsider its intake policy.
The nature of yesterday's 27-22 defeat in Bordeaux will hurt the Munster players the most. Here's how they rated at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
At the heart of Leinster's three previous European Cup successes has been a grizzled foreign import, and Scott Fardy is well on course to join that special club.
James Ryan's unbeaten start to his professional career goes on, as the hugely impressive 21-year old continues to go from strength-to-strength.
We wondered whether or not Leinster had learned lessons from two semi-final defeats last season, and their response was utterly emphatic.
Leo Cullen hailed his ruthlessly clinical Leinster side, as they easily disposed of the reigning PRO12 champions to book their place in the Champions Cup final.
Leo Cullen hailed his ruthlessly “clinical” Leinster side, as they easily disposed of the reigning PRO12 champions to book their place in the Champions Cup final.
Racing 92 scouting report:
The last time Johnny Sexton sat in the hot seat at the Aviva Stadium press conference room, he had just won his third Six Nations title.
Everything you need to know about Leinster's opponents before today's Champions Cup final.
Leinster have named their team for this weekend's Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets.
If Racing wanted to view a case study of how best to react to losing a key figure in their coaching staff mid-season, they wouldn't have to look much further than Sunday's opponents.
The knock-on effect of beating Leinster in their own back yard in the PRO12 semi-final last year, and then going on to win the final at the Aviva, is that the Scarlets do not hold any fear of travelling to Dublin this weekend.
There is a lot to admire about the Scarlets and how they go about their business.
Keith Earls looks set to give Munster a huge boost by returning for next weekend's Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92.
After easily dispatching of one Italian team last weekend, Leinster's aim tomorrow is to repeat the trick against the other.
At the end of yet another really poor Zebre performance last weekend, it was difficult to know where the PRO14 strugglers go from here.
At 25 and working full-time as a teacher, it's fair to assume that Neil Cronin thought his chance of playing professional rugby had been and gone.
Maggie Kelly has soldiered with Tullow since the club introduced a women's team in 2008, through the good days and bad.
Such is the rate at which Ireland are churning out exciting young talents that when one of them gets nominated for a World Rugby player of the year award, you almost expect him to make the step up to the senior side as quickly as the likes of James Ryan and Jacob Stockdale have done.
At the end of an utterly predictable routine victory, Leo Cullen must have been scratching his head at what exactly he learned from his Leinster side thumping a hapless Zebre outfit.
A Saturday afternoon stroll in the park as Leinster's bonus point victory over Zebre cemented their place at the top of Conference B, and ensured that they maintained that winning habit.
James Ryan's modest approach is such that he doesn't handle praise all that well.
With two games against the Italian teams in the lead-up to the Champions Cup semi-final, Leinster could hardly have asked for better preparation.
Joey Carbery has once again reiterated his desire to remain at Leinster, despite a growing suggestion that he may join another province next season in a bid to get more game-time.
If ever you wanted an insight into how the dynamic works between the younger and older players in Irish rugby, Johnny Sexton's exchange with Dan Leavy during the post-match interview offered just that.
After withstanding 77 minutes of brutal physicality, a battered and bruised Sam Arnold wasn't about to throw in the towel.
Even accounting for the fact that this is very much a transitional period for Connacht, Saturday's lacklustre defeat to Gloucester felt like a huge missed opportunity.
Johnny Sexton knew what was coming his way before a ball was kicked at the Aviva Stadium, but even as the Leinster out-half was repeatedly targeted by Saracens, he had to ship more than his usual share of late hits.
The final whistle that was greeted by a deathly silence around what had been a heaving Sportsground told its own story. It will be a while yet before Connacht are dining at the top table of Europe again, and judging by yesterday's evidence that may not be a bad thing.
Connacht's season went up in smoke at the Sportsground this afternoon, as Gloucester dumped them out of the Challenge Cup, to all but end their chances of qualifying for the Champions Cup.
The tattoo on Jacob Stockdale's right arm is a constant reminder of everything in his life that is important to him - family and religion.
During his time as England head coach, Stuart Lancaster would have worked very closely with Mark McCall, so he has seen, at first hand, the excellent work that the former Ulster boss has done at Saracens.
Munster 'A' will put their British and Irish Cup title on the line against Leinster 'A' in what promises to be a mouthwatering derby at Donnybrook this afternoon (3.0).
Kieran Keane looks to his left at the man sitting beside him, pauses, then cracks a wry smile, before answering the question.
When Bundee Aki collapsed in a heap to the Twickenham turf, and a stretcher was immediately called for, Connacht's season momentarily threatened to fully derail.
Ireland and Connacht star Bundee Aki insists that he ignored the criticism that was aimed at him before the Grand Slam success.
Munster have been down this road plenty of times over the years. Injuries galore, a big French team coming to town for a knockout European clash - time to go back to the well again.
Jacob Stockdale has revealed that previous Grand Slam winners Rory Best and Rob Kearney played a key role in motivating the Ireland players ahead of their success at Twickenham last weekend.
In the immediate aftermath of Ireland's stunning win over England last weekend, Joe Schmidt offered a brief insight into how his meticulous mind works.
Fresh from finishing runners-up to Ireland in the Six Nations, the Ospreys will be hoping that their returning Welsh internationals can provide the spark for them to beat Leinster tomorrow evening.
Edinburgh have been the success story of the Guinness PRO14 season thus far, and as they arrive in Galway this evening, they do so with plenty of momentum behind them.
Leinster will have to plan without their Grand Slam superstar Jordan Larmour for next weekend's Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens.
England arrived at Twickenham on Saturday looking to bully Ireland up front, but those days are long gone. With a pack as destructive as the eight Joe Schmidt has moulded, it was the visitors who turned the tables on the 2017 Six Nations champions.
The Ireland U20 team wrapped up an up-and-down Six Nations campaign last Friday night with a defeat to England at the Ricoh Arena.
The battered and bruised Irish bodies, or the 13 of them who had managed to finish the game, collapsed to the turf at the final whistle.
One-by-one the centres dropped like flies, and while Bundee Aki would eventually succumb to the same fate in the second half at Twickenham, the Connacht man was the glue that kept Ireland's midfield together across their Grand Slam success.
Nine games, nine wins. 11 tries in his first nine international Tests. Tries scored in four consecutive games. Seven Six Nations tries. Only 18 players in the history of Irish rugby have scored more tries for the country.
Keith Earls looks set to miss Munster's Champions Cup clash against Toulon after limping out of Saturday's Grand Slam clash with a knee injury.
When the dust eventually settles on Ireland's stunning Grand Slam, several 'championship winning' moments can be pointed to.
Before a ball was kicked this season, Jordan Larmour's primary aim was to secure a starting place in Leinster's 'A' team.
For 56 minutes, this was a titanic tussle that ebbed and flowed, and the longer it went on, you always got the feeling that whoever could conjure up a moment of magic would emerge victorious.
The final scoreline reflected the gulf in class between the two teams and while there were some positives, this defeat was a sobering reminder of how much work is needed if Ireland are to dine at the top table again.
There have been plenty of positives to take from Ireland women's Six Nations campaign, but a lot of that good work could potentially be undone by finishing with two defeats.
The Ireland U-20s will have one eye on events in Wales this evening as they look for a favour in their quest to be crowned Six Nations champions.
For an area that England have always prided themselves on, their breakdown work has regressed at such an alarming rate that it has hampered other aspects of their game throughout what has been a patchy Six Nations.
Leinster lock Scott Fardy believes that his fellow Australian Eddie Jones is a master in how he manipulates the media in order to take the pressure off his players.
It wasn't until Matthew Dalton was in second year in school that he began to realise how much of a big deal Iain Henderson was around the corridors of Belfast Royal Academy.
Tommy O'Brien has been part of leadership groups throughout his fledgling career but captaining teams is not something he is used to.
The last time the Ireland U-20s played on English soil in the Six Nations, not many gave them a prayer, but a stunning second half comeback would prove to be the catalyst that propelled them to lofty new heights.
The Ireland U-20s will look to get a big weekend for Irish rugby off to an ideal start by winning their own Six Nations championship on Friday night, but they will have to do so without their influential hooker Ronan Kelleher.
As the teams lined up for the anthems prior to the win over Wales, the sight of James Ryan, Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Porter standing side by side was cause to momentarily stop and reflect on their remarkable journey.
The effortlessness with which Garry Ringrose's quicksilver feet glide across the Lansdowne Road turf brings a collective sense of awe around the stadium.
It was a case of one step forward, two steps back, as problems of old came back to haunt Ireland.
A couple of hours after the final whistle had sounded, Joe Schmidt made his way back to the Lansdowne Road press conference room flanked by his right-hand man Johnny Sexton.
Captaining Ireland at a home World Cup was supposed to have been the culmination of everything Claire Molloy had dreamt of in a green jersey, but it quickly descended into a nightmare.
Rory Best insists that Ireland's crunch Six Nations clash with Scotland this afternoon (2.15) is his side's biggest game yet under Joe Schmidt.
This Ireland U-20s team certainly don't make things easy for themselves, but they eventually shrugged off a dogged Scotland side to seal their second Six Nations win.
Even at 33, and into her 10th season playing international rugby, Niamh Briggs is still learning.
Scotland will target Conor Murray as they look to nullify the threat of the Ireland scrum-half, but they insist that they will do so within the laws of the game.
This Ireland U-20s team certainly don’t make things easy for themselves, but they eventually shrugged off a dogged Scotland side to seal their second Six Nations win.
Ireland captain Rory Best has revealed that he is close to signing a contract extension that would bring him up to the end of World Cup next year.
Scotland stunned a much-fancied England a fortnight ago to highlight how difficult the task is for the Ireland U-20s when they welcome their Celtic cousins to Donnybrook this evening.
Joe Schmidt will be keeping a close eye on Leinster's rescheduled top-of-the-table PRO14 clash against the Scarlets this evening, and he won't be the only one as Irish supporters keep their fingers crossed that Sean O'Brien comes through unscathed.
Before rugby took over, James French was an All-Ireland shot put champion, and when he got his hands on the trophy, he scanned through the list of previous winners.
Perhaps Paul O'Connell best summed up Scotland's enigmatic out-half earlier this week, when he said: "They (Ireland) know how good Finn Russell is as a player - how good he can be I suppose, if you let him be good."
Hannah Tyrrell will make her first start of this year's Six Nations campaign as Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has largely shown faith in the same side that beat Wales last time out.
Ireland women's impressive win over Wales may only have given them a glimmer of hope at winning the Six Nations, but in context of the bigger picture, it was even more encouraging.
It's unlikely that Irish rugby has ever had such a high-achieving academic second-row pairing.
As this year's crop of Ireland U-20s prepare for their final competitive game on home soil, they will do so with plenty of regrets, but also safe in the knowledge that they have learned a lot.
After a first win on South African soil, the expectation the following week was that more of the same would follow, at least in terms of Ireland's team selection.
Paul O'Connell believes that the Ireland players will embrace the talk of winning a Grand Slam, rather than being overawed by it.
He knew he should have stood up and said something, but Donncha O'Callaghan allowed the moment to pass him by again.
"He always talked about the brothers, how we are one big family in here," Leinster hooker Bryan Byrne said earlier this week when talking about the legacy that Jamie Heaslip will leave behind at the club.