Just 14,000 fans turned up to see The Rugby Championship match between Australian and Argentina on the Gold Coast in Australia last weekend. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

The tectonic plates of world rugby union are shifting. A crowd of barely 14,000 watched Australia’s home test match at the weekend. Back in Europe a b(...)

Steffon Armitage: last season named European player of the year after helping Toulon win the Heineken Cup and French league title. Photograph: Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

England flanker Steffon Armitage is on a 10-man list of foreign players who could potentially be picked to play international rugby for France, 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(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana scores his  try against Leicester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 22 Leicester 16 Leicester were knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-fina(...)

Liam Toland charges at the Northampton defence during the European Cup clash in October 2000. Leinster registered a 14-8 win over the then reigning Heineken Cup holders at Franklin’s Gardens.  Photo: Tom Honan/Inpho

Was I seeing things in the Millennium Stadium last weekend or was the first scrum in the Wales v Australia match six minutes into the second half? Wha(...)

Toulon’s  Delon Armitage dives in for the decisive try after outrunning  Brock James of Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup final  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 16 Clermont Auvergne 15: Did Clermont Auvergne freeze once again in sight of the winning post? That’s the accusation they’ll face as they co(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Napolioni Nalaga scores his side’s try during the Heineken Cup semi-final at Stade de la Mosson in  Montpellier. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: In many, many ways this was a better Munster performance than their epic quarter-final win against Harlequins. The Stade de(...)

Clermont Auvergne's Aurelien Rougerie is an injury concern ahead of meeting with Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien Rougerie is doubtful for Saturday’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Munster in Montpellier after picking up (...)

The in-form Sitiveni Sivivatu runs in one of Clermont’s tries against Montepellier in last weekend’s Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Getty Images

Second-placed Clermont travel to the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles on Sunday to take on leaders Toulon in one of the stand-out(...)

Stade de la Mosson.

The ticket allocation for the semi-final between Clermont Auvergne and Munster in Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson on Saturday, April 27th, is (...)