South African CJ Stander in full flight: “Munster gave me a chance, and I came here to play for Munster and then the possibility of one day playing for Ireland popped up.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three weeks ago, CJ Stander sat on the bench for the fifth time in the Heineken Cup. He expected to maybe get 15 minutes or so. Less than 20 mi(...)

Toulon outhalf Jonny Wilkinson: doubt against Munster with hamstring injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon warmed up for their meeting with Munster on Sunday by pushing Perpignan on towards the verge of relega(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)

Brian O’Driscoll attempts to evade  Adi Jacob. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

South Africa 28 Lions 25June 27th, 2009, Pretoria A seventh successive test match defeat for the Lions, but there was no shame in this one. They put t(...)

Ruan Pienaar kicks a penalty for Ulster during last season’s Pro12 final against Leinster
Toulon come calling for Ruan Pienaar
  • Rugby
  • September 18, 2013, 12:21

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has emerged as a target for the European champions Toulon, according to reports in France. With Pienaar’s contract with (...)

Juan Smith has joined Toulon for the rest of the season.

Former South Africa flanker Juan Smith has come out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with European champions ToulonThe 32-year-old, who won 6(...)

Former Springbok Juan Smith.
Smith undergoes medical at Toulon
  • Rugby
  • August 19, 2013, 12:39

Former South Africa flanker Juan Smith is to undergo a medical today as he negotiates a possible return to the game with French club Toulon just ov(...)

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(...)