Jack McGrath has been favoured in the Leinster frontrow to Cian Healy, who will be on the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As dead rubbers go, this is not actually a dud. For starters, technically speaking Leinster’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages for the 11th t(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

Georgia’s flanker Giorgi Tkhilaishvili  scores his try against Tonga  Photograph: Getty Images

Georgia 17 Tonga 10 Former Irish scrumhalf Michael Bradley shared Joe Schmidt’s experience on Saturday when Georgia beat Tonga 17-10 in their opening (...)

Ireland’s Rory Best beats Luke Romano and Steven Luatua on his way to scoring a try against New Zealand last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rory Best will make his first start since breaking an arm at the end of November when Ulster attempt to wrap up a home quarter-final in the Heineken C(...)

Ospreys lock Ian Evans will join Toulon on a three-year deal. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Heineken Cup holders Toulon have announced the signing of Wales international lock Ian Evans. Toulon confirmed Evans’s capture in an announcement on t(...)