Billy Vunipola of Saracens charges upfield during their defeat of Wasps 24-17 in the  Champions Cup semi-final. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens 24 Wasps 17 It is nine years since an English club lifted Europe’s premier club trophy but Saracens sense their time approaching. On their (...)

Mike McCarthy’s form this season suggests he is capable of extending his career. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday’s European Champions Cup game at the Aviva Stadium is a landmark game for Mike McCarthy. Since making his professional senior debut for Wasps(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

England give South Africa a guard of honour after the Springboks destroyed them 36-0 in Pool A of the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In 2007 England came to the World Cup more in hope of defending their crown than with any real expectation. In the four seasons which had passed sinc(...)

 Paul O’Connell has signed for Toulon, the Top 14 club have confirmed.

With the words of AP McCoy and Brian O’Driscoll ringing in his ears, Paul O’Connell has been confirmed a Toulon player until the summer of 2017. Fre(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Paul O’Connell: Toulon’s owner Mourad Boudjellal linked him  with the French club. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan.

Mourad Boudjellal, the owner and president of Toulon, has stoked the rumours linking Paul O’Connell with the three-in-a-row European champions by hint(...)

Paul O’Connell is contracted to Munster and Ireland until the end of the 2015-16 season and has been linked with a move to Toulon. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paul O’Connell’s move to Toulon this summer won’t happen unless Toulon’s millionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal wants to buy the Ireland captain out of h(...)

Toulon’s  Matt Giteau runs at Leinster’s   Ian Madigan during the Champions Cup semi final match  at Stade Vélodrome 5 in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt Giteau echoed Toulon team-mate Bryan Habana’s sentiments that the reigning European champions will need to up their game in next month’s Twickenh(...)

Steffon Armitage was the difference really. At least three textbook turnovers killed Leinster momentum.

Rob Kearney 7/10Three superb acts of high fielding gave Leinster the briefest glimpses of front foot ball but his long, long range drop goal with seco(...)