Ulster coach Neil Doak: “We know that it’s not going to be easy this weekend.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pride is to be tested in a match fraught with difficulty for Neil Doak’s Ulster side. Due to a combination of injury and the IRFU player welfare prog(...)

 Ulster’s Chris Henry, head coach Neil Doak and captain Rory Best during the post match press conference. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster coach Neil Doak refused to admit defeat in his side’s European campaign despite a second straight loss in Pool Three at the hands of champions(...)

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(...)

Casey Laulala in action against Toulon: “Casey Laulala is a case in point where the accuracy he consistently displayed fell below standard.”

What is success? Is it winning trophies or developing indigenous talent or both? This time next year Toulon will be stronger, faster, more powerful an(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try despite Toulon’s Drew Mitchell tackle during the Heineken Cup semi-final at the  Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 24 Munster 16: Toulon moved to within one match of defending their H(...)

 Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson is set to retire and join the club’s backroom staff at the end of the season. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Jonny Wilkinson boasts the natural instincts to launch a stellar coaching career, according to Toulon team-mate Carl Hayman. England Wo(...)

Toulon hooker Craig Burden looking comfortable as runs the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Leinster. The South African is actually a converted winger. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulon showed against Leinster their backs are big enough to play in the pack and on Sunday the man locking their front together, hooker Craig (...)

Steffon Armitage of Toulon charges upfield during the Heineken Cup quarter final match against  Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium. Armitage’s sheer size caused Leinster all sorts of problems at the breakdown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last Saturday I found myself in London Wasps’ training ground with Rosie Foley and 11 tag rugby players drawn from Limerick’s Southside Clasp ((...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll is tackled by Matt Giteau during the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Toulon at the Felix Mayol Stadium, Toulon. Photograph: Getty Images

The half-time scoreline lied but the final scoreline tells no lies. Leinster were well beaten and could have no c(...)

Toulouse secondrow Joe Tekori can prove a handful for Munster defenders on Saturday. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP.

Any team that can put 28 points on Toulon in the Stade Vélodrome is worthy of respect. But then this is Toulouse we’re talking about, who’ve ra(...)