Aurelien Rougerie of ASM Clermont Auvergne was among three France internationals violently attacked  with ‘knives, machetes and sabres’.  Photograph:   Harry Engels/Getty Images

French rugby is in shock after it emerged three Clermont Auvergne players were hospitalised following an attack by a gang armed with “bladed weapon(...)

Director of Rugby Mark McCall talks to the media during the Saracens press conference at Twickenham. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Saracens’ chances of reaching the Heineken Cup final for the first time have been given a major boost after Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana scores his  try against Leicester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 22 Leicester 16 Leicester were knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-fina(...)

Tommy Bowe: ‘Certainly in the last week or so training sessions have been really, really intense. As intense as I’ve ever remembered them’. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt never had a Tommy Bowe. Of course as Clermont backs coach he had Aurélien Rougerie and Julien Malzieu to thunder around the chess board th(...)

Clermont captain Aurelien Rougerie is expected to be fit for the final.

Although Clermont only sold 4,500 tickets officially, an invasion over 10,000 fans of les jaunards is anticipated over the weekend for the club(...)

Vern Cotter: “For us, it is about being able to get fast ball, play a high tempo, keep them moving. That’s our basic game plan.” Photograph: Inpho

It’s easy to see how Vern Cotter and Joe Schmidt worked as a partnership. Unannounced and apologetically, we came at the 51-year-old New Zealan(...)

Aurelien Rougerie will miss the showdown with Munster due to a torn hamstring. Photograph: Getty Images

Clermont have been hit with a double injury blow on the eve of their Heineken Cup semi-final clash with Munster following news that capt(...)

Clermont Auvergne's Aurelien Rougerie is an injury concern ahead of meeting with Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien Rougerie is doubtful for Saturday’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Munster in Montpellier after picking up (...)

Clermont's Sitiveni Sivivatu dives to score his side’s third try despite the tackle of Montpellier’s Alex Tulou at  Stade Marcel Michelin.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 36 Montpellier 14 : New Zealand winger Sitiveti S(...)