Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Toulon’s  Matt Giteau runs at Leinster’s   Ian Madigan during the Champions Cup semi final match  at Stade Vélodrome 5 in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt Giteau echoed Toulon team-mate Bryan Habana’s sentiments that the reigning European champions will need to up their game in next month’s Twickenh(...)

Frédéric Michalak in action for Toulon against Wasps in the quarter-final of the European Champions Cup. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Just watch his body language, just watch him walking back. This is like your granddad playing outhalf . . . I can’t believe France don’t have a better(...)

Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman believes the return of Matt Giteau is a huge boost for Toulon against Leinster due to the Australian’s ability to  act as a second distributor from centre for their talented backline. Photograph:      David Rogers/Getty Images

While many believe the Toulon machine can not be stopped as it targets a third straight European crown, here’s the advice from coaches and players who(...)

Toulon’s Carl Hayman is tackled by Wasps’ Bradley Davies in their Champions Cup quarter final victory. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Carl Hayman has admitted Toulon “have a lot of work to do” to secure an unprecedented third consecutive European title, despite reaching the Champions(...)

Danny Cipriani is back in the England set-up after seven years in the international wilderness. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

It had been seven long years since Danny Cipriani was last cheered to the Twickenham rafters by an appreciative Six Nations crowd, which made his try-(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Robbie Henshaw says it was a great feeling to get the win, even sitting in the stands, in last year’s Six Nations, but “it’s a new challenge this year”.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The first thing that strikes you about Robbie Henshaw is how grounded and level-headed he is. Aside from a striking physicality which is unusual for a(...)

Johnny Sexton talks Racing Métro, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, fatherhood, goal-kicking and going to the Louvre to “spend 40 quid on two coffees”. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

He’s home and in Ireland camp for three weeks for a targeted comeback in round two at home to France. He’s also coming home with a four-year deal to p(...)

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(...)