George North: available for  Wales’s World Cup  warm-up games.  Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

George North is fit to play in Wales’s World Cup warm-up matches after missing the final 10 weeks of last season on the advice of a specialist having (...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland says George North is fit for Wales’ World Cup matches, which start against Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday, August 8th. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

George North is fit to play in Wales’s World Cup warm-up matches after missing the final 10 weeks of last season on the advice of a specialist having (...)

Toulon’s Matt Giteau scores a try despite the tackle of Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth during the Heineken Cup Final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

RC Toulon 23 Saracens 6: The new superpower in the European game duly emulated Leicester (2000-01) and Leinster (2011-12) by retaining the Heineken Cu(...)

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Here’s a question. Supposing Jared Payne and Alex Goode made the exact same runs as when they collided last Saturday week in Ravenhill, which r(...)

Brian O’Driscoll walks off with his teammates after beating Toulouse away from home in the 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With Toulon currently the Everest of European rugby, Leinster’s evolution in France sees them attempt to scale the highest peak tomorrow. It’s also(...)

Munster coach Rob Penney: “The momentum can shift on a couple of calls and in those tight game they do.” Photograph: Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney delivered a scathing rebuke yesterday of Northern Hemisphere refereeing, with a particular emphasis on the Scottish and It(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “He trained well today but not fully. Hopefully by the end of the week he’ll be right.”

Peter O’Mahony’s involvement in Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against four-time champions Toulouse is dependent on the Munster captain (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan is tackled by Munster’s Paul O’Connell and Damien Varley in the weekend’s tight game. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster machine rolls on. A tenth successive win in all competitions and a 13th league w(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll leaves the field against Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire 2:58

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor insisted Brian O’Driscoll’s injury was nothing to fear after the Leinster centre gingerly left the field late in t(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll goes over for the game’s only try against Munster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster 22 Munster 18: The story? Brian O’Driscoll of course. When has it not be(...)