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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Leinster

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Wonderkid
'He would do things that would just make you say, ‘Wow!''
Naas RFC man Jamie Osborne has risen swiftly through the ranks into the Ireland squad.
Last month
January 2023
# strength in depth
Under-strength Leinster outclass Cardiff in bonus point victory
Without their frontline internationals, Leinster still delivered a dominant victory.
# last 16
Leinster-Ulster knockout Champions Cup clash confirmed for Aviva Stadium
Munster face Sharks on the same day.
# URC
McBryde acknowledges Leinster have areas to improve ahead of Cardiff test
Leinster will be without their huge international contingent for Saturday’s URC fixture.
# Talking Points
Porter leads Leinster, Ulster impress, Connacht stumble and Munster will miss Ryan
The42 writers look back on the weekend’s action for the province.
# Style and substance
'It’s highlight reel stuff . . . but always the most effective way to a positive end'
Garry Ringose’s unflashy excellence was discussed on today’s Rugby Weekly Extra
# Talking Points
Leinster's Joe Show, Connacht's Aki call, Ulster's defining night and Kilcoyne's Munster aim
The42 rugby writers look ahead to a huge weekend for the four Irish provinces.
# Team news
Kelleher, McCarthy and Conan start for Leinster against Racing
The backline remains unchanged as Leinster look to go four wins from four.
# squad goals
Byrne: I've spent enough time over the years worrying about things that aren't in my control
The Leinster out-half says he is ‘in a good headspace’ ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations squad announcement.
# Talking Points
Leinster's setpiece, the good and the bad for Munster, Ulster's half-back dilemma
Plenty to digest after the weekend’s Champions Cup ties for the Irish provinces.
# Hooked
'I don’t know where my life would be if I didn’t pick up the rugby ball'
Munster hooker Kate Sheehan’s life has revolved around rugby.
# Analysis
Kinsella on rugby: How Leinster's '11' and '21' plays got them out of trouble in Swansea
The lineout attack was the key weapon for the province against Ospreys.
# women's interpros
Tullow and Tullamore teens the stars as Leinster make winning start under Tania Rosser
Last season’s runners-up launched their challenge for interpro honours with a bonus-point triumph over Connacht.
# jack the lad
'Leinster Rugby is all about winning trophies' - Conan insists current form counts for nothing
The eastern province aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
# Leinster
O'Gara shoots 1-4 as Dublin claim early O'Byrne Cup victory over Wicklow
Baltinglass hosted tonight’s clash.
# Starting Sides
Dublin and Kerry name teams ahead of 2023 football openers tonight
Dublin are away to Wicklow and Kerry travel to face Cork.
Last year
2022
# Injury Update
Furlong could return for Leinster's St Stephen's Day clash with Munster at Thomond
Ed Byrne and Thomas Clarkson are facing stints on the sideline.
# statement
'They're truly the favourites. The defeat to La Rochelle was positive for them'
Leinster showed the full array of their qualities in Le Havre yesterday.
# Skipper
Cullen hails Ringrose's 'calm, composed' leadership after big Leinster win
The Leinster boss was pleased with how his players managed their long journey yesterday.
# Allez les Bleus
Leinster show European credentials with ruthless hammering of Racing
Leo Cullen’s men scored six tries in a comprehensive performance on the road in France.
# On The Road
After their travel nightmare, Leinster must be close to best against Racing
Leo Cullen’s side weren’t able to do their captain’s run due to long delays on the journey to Le Havre.
# Team news
Byrne starts at 10 for Leinster as Sexton and Furlong miss Racing clash
Dan Sheehan and Caelan Doris are back in the starting XV.
# playmaker
Leinster set for Russell's 'full box of tricks' for Racing 92
Hugo Keenan is expecting a big challenge in the backfield this Saturday.
# European adventure
Kinsella on rugby: Leinster the favourites as Champions Cup enters new era
Province should have won another European trophy since 2018 and will be determined to put it right.
# Injury Update
Ngatai returns for Leinster but Sexton and Furlong remain doubts
The experienced out-half could miss out on the trip to France to face Racing 92.
# Clutch
'There have been times where I thought I might never play for Ireland again'
Ross Byrne has reignited his Test career and continues to be a key man in Leinster.
# Grassroots
Galway clubs land Connacht football titles, Leinster final wins for Wexford and Meath teams
Liatroim became the first Down club to win the Ulster intermediate hurling title today.
# Team news
Lowe returns for Leinster as Henderson starts at 6 for Ulster
The teams have been named for tomorrow night’s URC clash at the RDS.
# Good to go
Kelleher glad to be back and relishing competition after 'difficult time' out
The Leinster and Ireland hooker has endured a frustrating spell with injury.
# job
'I’ve Will telling me every time I go home I was crap so that'll keep my feet on the ground!'
Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien won’t get carried away after a rollercoaster autumn in the green of Ireland.
# Porridge
'It is a motivation, you want to get to that level and you're constantly trying'
Leinster and Ireland flanker Will Connors is not far off making his return to action.
# Rugby
'He's in good form' - Henshaw upbeat despite injury setbacks as Leinster big games await
Henshaw will miss the upcoming interprovincial derbies with Ulster, Munster and Connacht.
# Tune in
Munster, Connacht and Leinster club finals live in next weekend's GAA TV action
The Ulster club decider will be live-streamed on TG4′s YouTube channel.
Leinster turn attention to Ulster as Cullen set to welcome international stars back
The eastern province consolidated their position as URC pace-setters in clinical style against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday
# Brilliant Ballyhale
TJ Reid returns with 1-6 to fire Ballyhale past Naas and into Leinster senior club final
Ballyhale saw off Naas by 12 points.
# Report
Academy star bags hat-trick as Leinster continue unbeaten start to URC
Leo Cullen’s men secured a comfortable bonus point triumph against Glasgow Warriors.
# rematch
'I expect them to turn up with plenty of edge' - Leinster wary of Glasgow backlash
Glasgow lost 76-14 at the hands of Leinster in last season’s quarter-final.
# proud province
'He's taken it to the next level' - Leinster praise for world's best JVDF
Luke McGrath, Scott Penny and Robin McBryde wax lyrical about Josh van der Flier.
# Tune in
Leinster hurling and Ulster football club games live in next weekend's GAA TV action
Plenty for GAA fans to enjoy this weekend.
# URC
Johnny Sexton to miss visit of Glasgow Warriors to RDS
Harry Byrne back in contention for out-half spot as he returns from injury.