Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Clermont Auvergne’s Wesley Fofana during the 2013 Heineken Cup semi final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every club has its own DNA. People won’t necessarily talk about it but everyone around the place knows it and feels it. From watching and playing agai(...)

Racing Metro’s Jonathan Sexton during yesterday’s match against Treviso. Photograph:
Pierre Teyssot/AFP/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton kicked 16 points as Racing Metro defeated Benetton Treviso 26-10 at Stadio Comunale di Mongio yesterday. The Ireland outhalf was on ta(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tries to keep possession against Castres Olympique at the Stade Pierre Antoine yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, and it’s left Leinster sitting pretty. The only away team to win in the Stade Pierre Antoine last season, Lein(...)

 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(...)