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(...)

Leinster hooker Seán Cronin on Toulon semi-final: “It probably is going to take one of our best games in a few seasons to get a win.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For all the flak coming their way, the funny thing is that if Leinster and their supporters were offered the choice at the start of the season of a P(...)

Bundee Aki has been passed fit for Connacht’s match against Ulster next weekend.

Connacht coach Pat Lam was able to enjoy a largely positive medical prognosis ahead of Saturday’s crucial Guinness Pro12 game against Ulster at the Sp(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney is challenged in the air by Bath’s Anthony Watson during their European Champions Cup quarter-final at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Watson was sin binned for the tackle. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

It’s a small mercy, but consigned in their own minds to a daunting semi-final against Toulon in the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, Leinster were at lea(...)

Ali Williams goes over for Toulon’s second try late in the Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Wasps at  Stade Félix Mayol. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon 32 Wasps 18Error-strewn Toulon failed to convince but still stepped up their quest for a record-breaking third consecutive European title by ed(...)

Jamie Heaslip during Leinster’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s hard not to over-play the importance of this fixture. Leinster’s season looks to be distilled into 80 minutes. Dip into their undoubted European (...)

Delon Armitage returns at fullback for Toulon against Wasps as they look to respond to a surprise Top 14 defeat at home to Toulouse. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Andy Goode’s missed drop goal with the last kick of the game in the 20-20 draw at home to Leinster has, effectively, condemned Wasps to probably the (...)

Toulon’s  outhalf Nicolas Sanchez scores a try during the  Champions Cup match against Ulster  at the Stade Félix Mayol. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Toulon 60 Ulster 22Steffon Armitage scored a hat-trick as Toulon secured top spot in Champions Cup Pool 3 with a game to spare thanks to a 60-22 bonus(...)

Johnny Sexton receives attention against Australia at the Aviva Stadium in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland and Racing Metro 92 outhalf Jonathan Sexton is still struggling with the effects of a concussion sustained almost a month ago while playing f(...)

Matt Giteau was voted best player in France last season as Toulon won the Top 14 and Heineken Cup double. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/ AFP/Getty Images

As the cards fell badly this week for Paddy Jackson and his international career, the arrival of Toulon and Matt Giteau to Belfast seems freighted wit(...)