Tonga celebrate after their 19-14 win over France in the 2011 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The biggest shocks landed at the Rugby World Cup have invariably come from the Pacific Island nations, whose athleticism and physicality has sometimes(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

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(...)

Owen Farrell during a Saracens training session in St Albans ahead of their European Champions Cup clash against Clermont Auvergne. The outhalf is back in the squad after three months out. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens coach Mark McCall has voiced his admiration for French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne ahead of Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final s(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in a maul against Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

You don’t know how strong you are until strength is all you have left. After losing at the Stoop on Saturday, Leinster will have to dig deep tomorrow,(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Clermont Auvergne’s Wesley Fofana during the 2013 Heineken Cup semi final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every club has its own DNA. People won’t necessarily talk about it but everyone around the place knows it and feels it. From watching and playing agai(...)

Director of Rugby Mark McCall talks to the media during the Saracens press conference at Twickenham. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Saracens’ chances of reaching the Heineken Cup final for the first time have been given a major boost after Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien(...)

 Clermont’s players celebrate at the final whistle after their Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Munster in Montpellier.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: Scarcely a quiet moment, nor a dull one, and by the end s(...)

Julien Bonnaire being applauded off by Munster. Bonnaire got his team-mates to abandon their lap of honour and walk over to their vanquished foes. Photograph: afp/getty images

There was a lovely moment soon after the post-match exchange of hands as Clermont embarked on their lap of honour which, after 80 minutes of be(...)