Beaten semi-finalists this past season, Leinster have been handed the stiffest of draws in the 2015/16 European Champions Cup - they have reigning European champions Toulon, Aviva Premiership runners-up Bath and resurgent Wasps for company in Pool 5.
Leinster Rugby have today announced that scrum coach Marco Caputo has left the province with immediate effect. The former Australian international informed the Leinster Professional Game Board of his decision to leave at a meeting earlier this week.
Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb won the Players' Player of the Season award and his Edinburgh counterpart Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was selected as the Young Player of the Season at the GUINNESS PRO12 Awards evening in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin tonight.
Leinster have relinquished their GUINNESS PRO12 crown this season and one of the main reasons behind their failure to reach the play-offs is their disappointing away form. They have one final chance to win on the road when visiting Edinburgh at the home of Scottish rugby.
The Leinster Rugby Awards Ball took place on Saturday at the Double Tree by Hilton in front of over 500 attendees, as Leinster Rugby celebrated the achievements of those on and off the field in both the domestic and the professional game.
With Leinster's hopes of retaining their GUINNESS PRO12 crown now over, Matt O'Connor's men still have some work to do in order to qualify for next season's European Champions Cup. A five-point return against Benetton Treviso would be the ideal response.
Ireland and Leinster star Gordon D'Arcy has announced that he will retire after the Rugby World Cup later this year. IN an open letter to supporters on LeinterRugby.ie he announced his decision this morning.
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has this morning confirmed the signing of Isa Nacewa who will join the province for the start of pre-season training ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. O'Connor said that Nacewa would be returning in 'a playing capacity only'.
Man-of-the-match Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson led the way as Ulster produced a performance full of grit, determination and no little flair to win a fiery interprovincial derby clash with Leinster at rain-hit Kingspan Stadium.