Toulon celebrate their Champions Cup Final victory over Clermont Auvergne   at Twickenham back in May. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

POOL ONE OYONNAX Coach: Vacant after the sacking of Olivier Azam Captain: Florian Denos Last Year: Challenge Cup (pool stages) Main (...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell lifts  the Six Nations trophy at Murrayfield in March. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Six Nations Council has awarded the broadcast rights for the Six Nations Championship to TV3, starting with the 2018 tournament for a period of(...)

Wasps’ Joe Launchbury in action against Leinster during the Champions Cup clash at the   RDS last year.  Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Wasps have travelled a fair distance, both literally and metaphorically, over the past three years. Their journey has taken them from a position of ha(...)

Fergus McFadden: ‘I think we’ve got a nice run into this game with it being on Sunday.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Forewarned is forearmed, or so the saying suggests, so Sunday’s opening Champions Cup fixture against Wasps at the RDS should hold few surprises fo(...)

Rory Best: Ulster’s poor away form “sometimes just needs to be mentioned and addressed”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster will hope that Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons represents a watershed moment, specifically in relation to their (...)

Charles Piutau of Wasps: described by Girvan Dempsey as a “very strong, physical guy who’s elusive as well”. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Rob Kearney took one for the team, so to speak. In pirouetting and winning a footrace, he saved a try against the Scarlets at the RDS – an important (...)

Rob Kearney picked up a hamstring injury in Leinster’s Pro 12 game against Scarlets at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rob Kearney is a major doubt ahead of Leinster’s opening Champions Cup match against Wasps at the RDS on Sunday (1.0). The Ireland fullback damaged hi(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Newly appointed Ulster head coach Les Kiss. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

Ulster’s lack of success on the road was a topic of conversation broached by captain Rory Best and new head coach Les Kiss during the week and the (...)

Robbie Henshaw: will start at fullback for Connacht against Treviso at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The poverty of imagination and subtlety, in creative terms, of Benetton Treviso’s performance in defeat to Leinster at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo (...)