Leinster Rugby would like to extend its deep sympathies to the family and friends of Paul Darbyshire, Munster’s Head of Fitness and Conditioning, who passed away on Monday morning…

The entire Leinster and Irish sporting community will have been both touched and inspired by Paul’s brave fight against Motor Neurone disease since his original diagnosis in September 2010.

Our thoughts are not only with those closest to him at this sad time but also to his many friends within the various Munster and Ireland squads where he was such a popular and outstanding presence.

A number of the Leinster squad and backroom team had helped support the Fundraising Cycle Appeal which began yesterday and is currently taking place across Munster and will conclude from Portlaoise RFC to Trinity College (via Maynooth) on Tuesday.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis…