# Leinster

22nd March 2023
# Signed Up
Jamie Osborne and Jack Conan sign new Leinster contracts
Both players have penned new deals with the province.
This week
19th March 2023 - 23rd March 2023
Referees confirmed for Champions Cup round-of-16 clashes
The matchups include Leinster v Ulster and Cell C Sharks v Munster Rugby.
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Family ties
'We probably drove my sister insane. We were always fighting, playing rugby'
Jonathan and Mark Sexton will be involved in Grand Slam tilts this weekend. Their brother Jerry travelled the world as a rugby player.
This month
March 2023
# Onwards
Leinster focused on Stormers after 'far from perfect' seven-try display
Leo Cullen says his side still has plenty to work on as they prepare to look towards their South African opposition.
# never too late
Molony inspired by old schoolmate Byrne as he seeks World Cup call-up with Ireland
‘The fact that he has been able to get back in, let’s call it later in his career, it’s highly motivating.’
# Comment
Cullen's new contract a welcome source of stability for Leinster as key figures head for exit
Leo Cullen’s two-year deal is a big win for new CEO Shane Nolan.
Last month
February 2023
# looking ahead
Leinster CEO confident funding available for €50 million RDS redevelopment
Shane Nolan hopes this plan will go ahead in the not-too-distant future.
# Stability
'The job can be quite consuming, but I’ve got a lot of support' - Leo Cullen
The coach’s new contract will bring him up to the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
# Deal
Leo Cullen signs new two-year contract with Leinster
The deal sees him extend his stay as head coach having taken the top job in 2015.
# Class Act
Praise for Harry Byrne after impressive display in Leinster win
The star has struggled with injury problems in recent times.
Leinster name Larmour, O'Brien and Osborne in team to face Dragons
The trio were all released from Ireland camp earlier this week.
# Big School
Osborne learning the ropes as fully fledged member of Farrell's Ireland squad
The Leinster centre also addressed the early Six Nations form of his housemate, Ireland U20s out-half Sam Prendergast.
# clongowes wood
Replay ordered in Leinster Schools Senior Cup first-round match
The complaint arose from “an independent submission, unrelated to either school”.
# Caelan Doris
'They were academy lads when I came in' - From Leinster starlets to thriving for Ireland
Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster helped to oversee the progression of stars like Caelan Doris and Hugo Keenan.
# Shortlist
Five Irishmen nominated for EPCR Player of the Year award
Leinster’s Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Garry Ringrose and Jamie Osborne are nominated, as is Munster’s Gavin Coombes.
January 2023
# Opportunity
'It’s making sure that the group are mentally refreshed' - Cullen aims to make most of downtime
Leinster boss hoping his players can use next couple of months as springboard for latte stages of season.
# Competition
The URC is becoming a less forgiving place as Irish provinces feel more heat
Leinster have continued as before but the other three provinces are battling.
# Ready to go
Academy duo in line for debuts as Leinster prepare for Cardiff test
Youngsters Aitzol King and James Culhane make the bench for this weekend’s BKT United Rugby Championship match.
# Settling in
Jason Jenkins on swapping Munster for Leinster and World Cup ambitions
The lock has made a big impact since moving from Limerick for Dublin last summer.
# Progress
'The pathway is definitely getting a lot better... There is no chip on the shoulder'
Leinster star Brian Deeny insists not having a Schools Senior Cup on his CV is of no concern in professional ranks.
# home comforts
Potential run of Dublin knock-out games gives Leinster tantalising route to title
Munster and Ulster have tough routes to the Champions Cup decider at the Aviva Stadium on 20 May.
# squad update
Van der Flier and Doris to join Ireland squad as planned despite knocks against Racing
Joe McCarthy and Luke McGrath came through Saturday’s victory with no further complications following recent ankle injuries.
# Premature end
Leinster's Charlie Ryan forced to retire from rugby at age of 23
A knee injury has curtailed the career of the Irish U20 Grand Slam winning captain.
# Work to do
'We need to improve all the time' - Scrum and maul high on Leinster's agenda
The province are unbeaten this season but have had issues around the setpiece.
# Great Scot
Finn Russell welcomes Ben Healy's Scotland switch
The Racing 10 is set to link up with Munster’s Healy in Scotland camp for the Six Nations.
# Leader
Influential Ringrose shows his class as Leinster end pool campaign on a high
The centre is in superb form and provided some brilliant moments against Racing.
# hard earned
'It didn't feel like a 26-point win' - Leinster's patience pays off against Racing
Leo Cullen reflects on Leinster’s 36-10 defeat of Racing at Aviva Stadium.
# Top seeds
Six-try Leinster made to work before pulling clear of dogged Racing
The province led by just two points at half time but eventually had too much firepower for the French side.
# Preview
Young talent still emerging but Racing visit a reminder of what Leinster are losing
Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster will join the French side in the summer.
# Preview
Munster chasing back-to-back Interpro crowns as Leinster take on Ulster
The Women’s Interprovincial title race could be decided this weekend.
# Update
'That's the plan' - Furlong targeting Wales game for return from latest injury setback
The tighthead is stepping up his recovery from a calf issue.
# 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.
# In form
'If I was the Irish coach, I'd be on to Jenny Murphy straight away and getting her back in'
The Leinster centre has been in impressive form during the Women’s Interprovincial Championships.
# pulling the strings
Andrew Goodman: Evolving Leinster's attack and why Ross Byrne deserves Six Nations call up
The Leinster attack coach also provided a positive update on Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong.
# boosts
Porch extends deal with Connacht, while Connors among five back fit for Leinster
The Australian will remain with the western province until the end of the 2024/2025 campaign.
# Centre stage
Osborne: 'I'm really proud to have played all the way up through the clubs pathway'
The 21-year-old Leinster player came through the ranks at Naas RFC.
# Room to improve
Leinster setting the pace in Champions Cup but province can still hit another level
Leo Cullen’s side are on an impressive winning streak but can add more to their game.
# Star Man
'He’s just getting better all the time' - Osborne announces himself on Champions Cup stage
Leo Cullen felt the centre had some ‘outstanding moments’ against Gloucester.
# Three from Three
Osborne stars as Leinster bag bonus-point win at Gloucester
The province scored seven tries as they powered to another impressive Champions Cup win.
# Preview
Leinster primed to silence Gloucester's Shed despite absence of key leaders
The province go into today’s game without a number of frontliners, including James Lowe, who has returned to New Zealand due to a family issue.