Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 play-off semi-final at the RDS earlier this month.

Greatest compliment that can be offered to Devin Toner is nobody laments the departure of Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn, or even the imminent retiremen(...)

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(...)

Owen Farrell. The outhalf says Saracens are determined to get “better and better” as they close in on a possible European and domestic trophy double. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Saracens must heed the harsh lessons of last season’s “incredible regret” to fend off Jonny Wilkinson and claim their first Heineken Cup crown, accord(...)

 JJ Hanrahan trained separately from the Munster team with physio Colm Fuller during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan has made a miraculous recovery from a torn groin to take his place among the replacements for the Irish province’s Heinek(...)

 Referee Wayne Barnes talks to Michael Claassens  of Toulon during the Heineken Cup quarter final against Leinster. Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal was highly critical of the referee after the game. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s not only Munster players but Heineken Cup semi-final referee Wayne Barnes, who could feel the heat in Sunday’s match on the Cote D’Azur. (...)

Cian Healy and Shane Jennings are set to be named in Leinster’s team to face Toulon in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster travel to Toulon today in readiness for Sunday’s quarter-final away to the defending Heineken Cup champions in confident mood, buoyed (...)

Bakkies Botha of Toulon will miss the Leinster game, as will Ali Williams. Photograph:  John Berry/Getty Images

Toulon will be without Ali Williams and Bakkies Botha for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30pm(...)

Matt O’Connor was yesterday adamant that Saturday’s match-winner, Brian O’Driscoll, didn’t suffer concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster and Munster emerged grateful for seemingly emerging relatively unscathed from their annual warm-up for the Heineken Cup knock-out stag(...)

 Matt Giteau and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon. Opinions differ on the impact foreign players are have on the French game.

These are heady days for French domestic rugby. Les Bleus will start the Six Nations against a background of a freshly minted television deal that wil(...)

The win that turned the tide as Munster players including Marcus Horan, David Wallace, Jason Holland and Peter Stringer  celebrate the semi-final success over Toulouse in 2000. Photograph: Bob Edme/AP Photo

There is an element of French rugby that seems to run in Munster’s veins. Since they lost 19-12 away to Castres at Stade Antoine Beguere in the first (...)