Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

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 (...)

Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell: “We do want to win it, that’s very much what we talk about”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Officially she has 83 caps, the most decorated Irish woman rugby player. Unofficially, with the uncapped friendly matches and the Sevens games she has(...)

(From left): Frank and Paula Cullen, the parents of Leo  with Brian O’Driscoll’s mother and father Geraldine and Frank at the Westin Hotel, Dublin .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Tonight at the RDS Leinster will hope to celebrate victory in the RaboDirect Pro12 against the Glasgow Warriors and in doing so provide the appropr(...)

ERC player-of-the-year  Steffon Armitage of Toulon breaks away from Marcelo Bosch during the Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

As Alex Payne said in advance of Sky’s closing credits to the Heineken Cup, “thank you for the memories”. Thanks indeed. The Six Nations may be the(...)

RC Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson lifts the trophy after winning the Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with victory over Saracens. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA

Jonny Wilkinson claimed a second consecutive Heineken Cup crown in his final game on British soil on Saturday but was keen to turn the spotlight on t(...)

Toulon’s Matt Giteau scores a try despite the tackle of Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth during the Heineken Cup Final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

RC Toulon 23 Saracens 6: The new superpower in the European game duly emulated Leicester (2000-01) and Leinster (2011-12) by retaining the Heineken Cu(...)

England outhalves past and present will meet in form of Saracens’ Owen Farrell, left, and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon when the two clubs meet in this afternoon’s Heineken cup final in Cardiff. 
Photographs: David Rogers/Getty Images

So this is it then. The last Heineken Cup final does not so much look like a fitting summation of the last 19 years as a foretaste of the new order. T(...)

Heineken Cup Final Saracens v Toulon Millennium Stadium, 5.0pm The 19th and last Heineken Cup final makes for a particularly bitter experie(...)

Owen Farrell. The outhalf says Saracens are determined to get “better and better” as they close in on a possible European and domestic trophy double. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Saracens must heed the harsh lessons of last season’s “incredible regret” to fend off Jonny Wilkinson and claim their first Heineken Cup crown, accord(...)