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(...)

Owen Farrell of Saracens celebrates after scoring the third try of  the Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens 46 Clermont Auvergne 6 Rampant Sarac(...)

 Jared Payne is given a  red card by referee Jerome Garces as Johann Muller looks on. Photograph: Inpho

Out of Ulster’s defeat sprung a debate over penalising the injury or the action. As Jared Payne left Ravenhill in disbelief after being shown t(...)

David Wilson  (left) will start in the front row against Ireland.

England have selected David Wilson at tighthead prop and named uncapped outhalf George Ford on the bench for Saturday’s Six Nations match again(...)

George Ford is set to be named on the bench and could make his England debut against Ireland this weekend. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England coach Stuart Lancaster may not be naming his side to face Ireland until Thursday morning but it appears the only change to the starting(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster is all set to pick the same XV for the Ireland Six Nations game at Twickenham as started against France and then Scotland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It is a remarkable fact England have not named an unchanged team in three successive Six Nations games for 14 years. That long(...)

Alain Rolland refereesa  match between South Africa and Australia.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

From the age of eight his parents would hang the unaccompanied minor Aer Lingus tag around his neck and usher him onto the aircraft bound for the C(...)

     England’s Alex Goode and Jamie Roberts of Wales in last March’s game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back. Unlike the Tri-Nations, it may not scale the heights of the ridiculous quality evident in the South Africa-New Zealand showdown in Johannes(...)

Chris Ashton of England has been dropped for the opening Six Nations fixture against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have dropped Chris Ashton for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in favour of uncapped Exeter wing Jack Nowell. Ashton was selected (...)