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 (...)

 Brian O’Driscoll who received a cap for his world record of 140 caps at the IRFU dinner after the match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:39

Now the maths look fairly straightforward. Unless England beat Italy by 50 points or more in Rome in the first of next Saturday’s triple header(...)

Castres outhalf Remi Tales returns from injury to join the  French squad. Photograph:   Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Remi Tales and Alexandre Lapandry have been called up as France coach Philippe Saint-Andre makes two changes to his 30-man squad for the Six Nations c(...)

Ulster’s Rory Best gets to grips with Montpellier’s Fulgence Ouedraogo during the Heineken Cup match at Stade Yves-du-Manoir. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Montpellier 8 Ulster 25: Ulster secured one of the most memorable away Heineken Cup wins as they comprehensively beat last season’s quarter-finalists (...)

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 (...)

Ruan Pienaar: bracing himself for a tough test against Montpellier in France.

The last three weeks have passed in a run of weekly declarations, as if Ulster have been building up an arsenal. One by one the cast from Ravenhill ha(...)

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(...)

Clermont's Sitiveni Sivivatu dives to score his side’s third try despite the tackle of Montpellier’s Alex Tulou at  Stade Marcel Michelin.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 36 Montpellier 14 : New Zealand winger Sitiveti S(...)

Leinster's Ian Madigan runs in for a try against Glasgow last Saturday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” This Chinese proverb has exercised my thoughts regarding(...)

  Mathieu Bastareaud in action against Ireland last weekend.  Photograph: Colm O'Neill/Inpho

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations meeting with Scotland in Paris. T(...)