Leinster are to appeal the two-week suspension handed to prop  Cian Healy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster are to appeal the two-week suspension handed down to prop Cian Healy and have asked that the sanction be lifted pending the outcome. Healy w(...)

Leo Cullen: ‘We couldn’t get any real flow to the game second half’

It’s all over now for the blues. After the inspiring pick-me-up of Friday night’s double by Ulster and Connacht, what sadly now passes for normal serv(...)

Ireland internationals Ian Madigan and Simon Zebo could be lining up options to play abroad next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Reflection, anew. Maybe it’s not as bad as it seems. Maybe the injuries in the four provincial squads just need time to heal. Maybe the suggestion t(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

New Zealand’s Ma’a Nonu during his debut for Toulon against Agen. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Ma’a Nonu’s debut for Toulon commandeered the headlines in a 53-23 home victory over Agen in the French Top 14 Championship. The double World Cup win(...)

Leo Cullen after the Bath game: “I would ask the fans just to be patient and to come out and back the team on Friday.”   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen has implored the Leinster supporters to be patient in the aftermath of another grim weekend for his team. Having lost their opening (...)

Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Guilhem Guirado tackle Rob Kearney of Leinster in last year’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final. Toulon are second favourites to win their fourth Cup in a row. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For better or for worse, the European Champions Cup is upon us again. The hangover in European rugby still lingers after the World Cup amid general ru(...)

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(...)