Wasps’  Joe Simpson celebrates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off first leg match against Stade Francais Paris at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Wasps 30Stade Français 29Wasps drew first blood in the race to complete next season’s European Champions Cup lineup when Andy Goode landed the(...)

  Les Kiss. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland must disregard France’s finely-rehearsed “dishevelled place of chaos” act to claim the RBS 6 Nations title in Paris on Saturday, accor(...)

 Sebastien Vahaamahina, in action here against Wales in Cardiff, has only ten minutes of international experience at flanker. Photograph: Inpho.

Events in Murrayfield tomorrow and Twickenham on Sunday could yet have a major bearing on whether Ireland can kee(...)

France’s Hugo Bonneval scores a debut try against Italy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

France 30 Italy 10Eight days after edging past England in their Six Nations opener, France made it two from two at the Stade de France as they scored (...)

Stade Francais’ Hugo Bonneval will make his France debut on the left wing against Italy in Paris on Sunday.   Photograph:  Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais back Hugo Bonneval will make his international debut when France host Italy in the Six Nations on Sunday as coach Philippe Saint-Andre (...)

The two captains, Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip and Stade Francais’ Sergio Parisse, pose before the decider.

A comparatively weary and battle-scarred Leinster have sought to rejig and refresh their resources for the first half of a putative double this(...)

Jerome Porical in action during the semi-final win over Perpignan. Photograph: Inpho

They have a rich history. They have the usual smattering of foreign imports. They suffer acute travel sickness, though can occasionally deliver(...)