Schalk Burger of South Africa will line out against Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Today Schalk Burger is urbane, courteous, a smiling, open book. Yes, there’s Luke Fitzgerald, who may hold a bolder view on the Springbok flanker. (...)

Toulon’s  Romain Taofifenua and Ulster’s Tommy Bowe compete for a loose ball  during the  Champions Cup clash at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

I notice Law 10.4 (c) is back in the picture where a player must not kick an opponent. It’s not the first time a secondrow got his timing wrong but(...)

Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy tackle Mathieu Bastareaud of Toulon during the European Rugby Champions Cup clash  at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster 13 Toulon 23Ulster were unlocked by European champions Toulon at Kingspan Stadium to lose only the second of their last 18 home Pool stage matc(...)

Juan Smith of Toulon dives over to score a try during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium thhis year in Cardiff. Photograph. David Rogers/Getty Images

Juan Smith, who last year retired from rugby due to an Achilles injury, has completed a remarkable comeback after being drafted into the South Africa(...)

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(...)

Toulon outhalf Jonny Wilkinson: doubt against Munster with hamstring injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon warmed up for their meeting with Munster on Sunday by pushing Perpignan on towards the verge of relega(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll is tackled by Matt Giteau during the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Toulon at the Felix Mayol Stadium, Toulon. Photograph: Getty Images

The half-time scoreline lied but the final scoreline tells no lies. Leinster were well beaten and could have no c(...)

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(...)