England’s  Manu Tuilagi: moves to the wing for the Second Test against New Zealand. Photo: David Rogers/Getty  Images

Next year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the underlying subtext of the second Test between New Zealand and England, although both sides have immediate poi(...)

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(...)

England outhalves past and present will meet in form of Saracens’ Owen Farrell, left, and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon when the two clubs meet in this afternoon’s Heineken cup final in Cardiff. 
Photographs: David Rogers/Getty Images

So this is it then. The last Heineken Cup final does not so much look like a fitting summation of the last 19 years as a foretaste of the new order. T(...)

Heineken Cup Final Saracens v Toulon Millennium Stadium, 5.0pm The 19th and last Heineken Cup final makes for a particularly bitter experie(...)

Ruan Pienaar: his return is a major boost to Ulster’s chances. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster v Saracens Ravenhill, 6.30pm, Live Sky Sports 2 Defining what Ruan Pienaar brings to this Ulster team is calculable both in tangible (...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens could face Ulster this weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulouse prop Census Johnston has been ruled out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park (1.30pm) on Saturday. (...)

England’s Luther Burrell  avoids the tackle of Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny to score his side’s second try during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

England 29 Wales 18: England won their first Triple Crown for 11 years and kept u(...)

England’s Danny Care goes over for England’s winning  try during the Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters 2:11

England 13 Ireland 10: By the smallest of margins are such games decided. Today, (...)

 Scotland’s Sean Lamont tackles England’s Luther Burrell  during the RBS Six Nations fixture at Murrayfield from which England emerged victorious. Photograph: EPA/Graham Stuart

A powerful Leicester Tigers historically translated into an all conquering England. That’s not the case today. The unswept residue left by the (...)

Brian O’Driscoll will play against England for the 13th and final time when he lines up at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Graham Rowntree has warned England that “exceptional” Brian O’Driscoll will be desperate to mark his 13th and last appearance against them with(...)