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(...)

Leicester’s  Brad Thorn scores his side’s  first try during their European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 match against Toulon at Welford Road, Leicester, England. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Leicester 25 Toulon 21 Leicester came from behind to defeat the European Cup holders and remain in a group that could still go one of four way(...)

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(...)

Seán Dougall (left) and his Munster team-mates after their defeat to Toulon on Sunday.

With some degree of difficulty, one would imagine, Munster have to quickly turn their attention toward the Ra(...)

Bryan Habana of Toulon equalled the World Cup record of eight tries set by Jonah Lomu in 1999 when helping South Africa to win the 2007 World Cup in France. Photograph: John Berry/Getty Images.

As Munster watched Toulon beat Leinster the day after their rout of Toulouse, they may have thought the Heineken Cup couldn’t have provided the(...)

The  Exeter players show their disappointment at the final whistle after the 14-9 defeat at Sandy Park. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Outhalf Johnny Wilkinson, who had already missed 11 points, landed a 30-metre drop goal five minutes from time as holders Toulon moved to the top of H(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll touches down for his last-minute try. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 20 Australia 20 Croke Pk, Dublin November 15th, 2009The game began and ended on set moves to release Brian O’Driscoll; the first of them coug(...)

Rory Kockott

A week ago last season’s beaten Heineken Cup finalists rested most of their key men with one eye on a return to European fare. Content enough to emerg(...)

Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)

 Lions duo Tom Court and  Justin Tipuric in action against the Melbourne Rebels yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tom Court has his new favourite number now. It’s 806. It’s his Lions number. Having only arrived last Friday on a family holiday in his native Brisban(...)