Frédéric Michalak in action for Toulon against Wasps in the quarter-final of the European Champions Cup. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Just watch his body language, just watch him walking back. This is like your granddad playing outhalf . . . I can’t believe France don’t have a better(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip directs play during their European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER Rob Kearney Age: 29 Height: 1.85m/6ft 1in Weight: 95kg/14st 13lb Delon Armitage provides a similar aerial threat to Israel Fol(...)

Toulon’s Ali Williams dives to score a try against Wasps in their  European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final at Stade Flix Mayol, Toulon. Photograph: Inpho

Leigh Halfpenny Age: 26 Height: 1.78m/5ft 10in Weight: 85kg/13st 5lb Positionally excellent and the best goal kicker in the world but Delo(...)

Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman believes the return of Matt Giteau is a huge boost for Toulon against Leinster due to the Australian’s ability to  act as a second distributor from centre for their talented backline. Photograph:      David Rogers/Getty Images

While many believe the Toulon machine can not be stopped as it targets a third straight European crown, here’s the advice from coaches and players who(...)

 Toulon’s Ali Williams in action against Wasps in their European Champions Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Toulon experiment is hardly new to elite sport. See Real Madrid. Or go further back to the 1970s when New York Cosmos temporarily wooed a US audi(...)

Ali Williams goes over for Toulon’s second try late in the Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Wasps at  Stade Félix Mayol. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon 32 Wasps 18Error-strewn Toulon failed to convince but still stepped up their quest for a record-breaking third consecutive European title by ed(...)

Delon Armitage returns at fullback for Toulon against Wasps as they look to respond to a surprise Top 14 defeat at home to Toulouse. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Andy Goode’s missed drop goal with the last kick of the game in the 20-20 draw at home to Leinster has, effectively, condemned Wasps to probably the (...)

Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

“Two hours each morning, two hours each evening, ‘three on, one off, double splits’. The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to spea(...)

Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys tackles  South Africa’s Jean De Villiers   at the Euganeo Stadium in Padova. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

Italy 6 South Africa 22 South Africa claimed an unconvincing 22-6 victory over Italy on Saturday with a late try from Bryan Habana adding some (...)