Ulster’s Kyle McCall in action against Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

This has been quite a breakthrough season for Kyle McCall. He didn’t make his full competitive debut until November, yet having started both of the b(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: aware of the formidable record Toulouse hold at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Toulouse v Ulster, Stade Ernest Wallon, Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 1pm, Sky Sports 3 You have to believe that Italian hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini (...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

Samoa’s game   against England is set to go ahead after the visitors were threatened with World Cup expulsion if they boycotted the fixture

Samoa’s senior players only agreed to call off boycotting Saturday’s England match after claiming to be threatened with expulsion from next year’s Wor(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)

Peter O’Mahony: returns after injury to captain Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Toulouse v Munster Thomond Park, 1.30, Live Sky Sports 2 Munster and Toulouse share a lavish history in the Heineken Cup; four homilies to s(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens could face Ulster this weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulouse prop Census Johnston has been ruled out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park (1.30pm) on Saturday. (...)

Peter O’Mahony: “He trained well today but not fully. Hopefully by the end of the week he’ll be right.”

Peter O’Mahony’s involvement in Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against four-time champions Toulouse is dependent on the Munster captain (...)

Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll and Rory Best among the rest of the Irish squad at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photogrtaph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new day dawns for Irish rugby. Fittingly, a 40,000-plus crowd and a tea-time kick-off under lights gives this opener to the Joe Schmidt era a sense (...)

Samoa will be without the formidable services of Toulouse prop   Census Johnston when they face Ireland.  Photo: David Rogers/Getty

Joe Schmidt spoke yesterday about “losing control” of Johnny Sexton since the outhalf moved to Paris. Well, Samoan head coach Stephen Betham has pr(...)