Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

No less than having the offices in Dublin, there’s little doubt that five Irish Heineken Cup wins in a seven-year period (2006 to 2012) did not go (...)

In years to come, they may yet refer to Saturday’s game at the Stade de France as the Battle of Saint-Denis. (...)

Ireland’s Rory Best beats Luke Romano and Steven Luatua on his way to scoring a try against New Zealand last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rory Best will make his first start since breaking an arm at the end of November when Ulster attempt to wrap up a home quarter-final in the Heineken C(...)

Ulster’s Rory Best in action with Montpellier’s Fulgence Ouedraogo at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

MONTPELLIER 8 ULSTER 25: So, yet another momentous milestone in Ulster’s hoped for evolution towards realising their goal of reaching Europe’s summit.(...)

Ruan Pienaar’s entry for the last half hour of the win against Leicester was almost seismic.  Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

This could be the game of the weekend. Montpellier, along with Toulouse and Clermont when in the mood, are amongst the most entertaining French sides (...)

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(...)