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(...)

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 (...)

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal claims that he has not ruled out terminating Wales star Leigh Halfpenny’s contract due to ongoing injury problems.  Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal claims that he has not ruled out terminating Wales star Leigh Halfpenny’s contract due to ongoing injury problems.(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton  receives treatment during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales skipper Sam Warburton is likely to miss “several months” of action after dislocating his shoulder against Scotland, his club side Cardiff(...)

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny reacts as medical staff check his injured shoulder during the Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham. Photograph:   Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny will miss the rest of this season after dislocating his right shoulder during the Six Nations defeat against Eng(...)

England’s Luther Burrell  avoids the tackle of Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny to score his side’s second try during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

England 29 Wales 18: England won their first Triple Crown for 11 years and kept u(...)

Jake Ball’s beard  and Richard Hibbard’s long blond locks will make them standout performers fro Wales against England at Twickenham tomorrow. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

So many words, so much emotion, so little middle ground whenever England meet Wales at rugby union whose side are you on? For (...)

Wales’ Richard Hibbard and Taulupe Faletau tackle Pascal Pape of France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales 27 France 6 Wales achieved a third successive championship vic(...)

England’s Mike Brown celebrates his try against Scotland in the Six Nations match at Murrayfield. It was the fullback’s second try in successive games in the competition. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Try-scoring fullbacks are among rugby union’s most valuable assets. From Serge Blanco and Andy Irvine to Israel Folau and Israel Dagg, there i(...)

Andrew Coombs and Peter O’Mahony of Ireland grapple for the ball in the lineout during last season’s RBS Six Nations Championship fixture. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A simmering unease exists between Wales and Ireland. Since the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa, the core of both sides are close Lions team-mates and (...)