The draw balls shows pool 2 containing Leinster, Castres Olympique, Harlequins and London Wasps after the pool draw for the 2014/2015 European Rugby Champions Cup  in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

The European Rugby Champions Cup was officially birthed in Neuchatel when the draws for the inaugural tournament, and its less glamorous sibling, the (...)

 Toulon outhalf Frederic Michalak:  “They are awesome, a team that contains 20 players, including (Brian) O’Driscoll who helped Ireland win the Six Nations.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt O’Connor won’t publicly reveal his hand for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30, Irish time) unt(...)

 Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea: “It (Heineken Cup)    energises people, it gives us a variety to who we play, it gives supporters excitement.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea hopes a solution is found which will see English clubs participate in the Heineken Cup. The former Irish international s(...)

Bruff, Co Limerick: €150,000, Dooley Group
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Ireland: Co LimerickDooley Group is seeking €150,000 for this four-bedroom house in Bruff, Co LimerickFrance: Lot-et-Garonne A small vineyard grows in(...)

 Joe Merler of Harlequins is tackled by Samson Lee (number three) and Emyr Phillips (R) of Scarlets during the Heineken Cup match  at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph:  Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

The Scarlets tight-head prop, Samson Lee has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin today arising from t(...)

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A week ago last season’s beaten Heineken Cup finalists rested most of their key men with one eye on a return to European fare. Content enough to emerg(...)

Racing-Metro’s outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action at the   Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes against  Perpignan. Photograph: Getty

Jonathan Sexton rounded off his first month in the French Top 14 by playing a key part in Racing Metro’s 19-16 win over Perpignan in Paris yesterday. (...)

Racing Metro’s new Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton makes his debut in the Top 14 against Brive tomorrow evening. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty.

Jonathan Sexton was given a goldfish to mind as part of an initiation process for the newbies at Racing Metro 92. He was then directed to eat it, a de(...)

John Plumtree: the former Natal Sharks coach is looking forward to working with Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

John Plumtree is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances. The newly appointed Ireland forwards’ coach, who moves here from Durban’s Natal Sharks(...)

Château de Noizay, Loire ValleyRelaischateaux.com/noizayThere’s history in these walls, stained-glass windows, tapestries and ornate woodwork. They wi(...)