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(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: Has opted for Jimmy Gopperth at outhalf for the visit to Toulon. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Toulon v Leinster Stade Felix Mayol, Sunday, 4.30pm Live Sky Sports 3 This it then, Leinster’s season-defining game and the acid test of t(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens could face Ulster this weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulouse prop Census Johnston has been ruled out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park (1.30pm) on Saturday. (...)

Scotland’s Duncan Weir celebrates after his last-minute drop goal secured victory over Italy in their Six Nations clash at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph:  Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Italy 20 Scotland 21: Duncan Weir’s last-gasp drop goal earned Scotland a victory(...)

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree.

Paul O’Connell’s “fussy” leadership commands worldwide respect, according to Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree. O’Connell has made “rapid improveme(...)

France’s Dimitri Szarzewski: “We went close against the All Blacks, but now is the time for victory – we cannot afford to lose this game, we do not have the right” Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/Gerry/AFP

Dmitri Szarzewski has challenged France to remove the “stigma” of their Rugby World Cup 2011 defeat to Tonga. Philippe Saint-Andre has named a young s(...)

If they are to achieve success against a limited but dogged Leicester Tigers side in tonight’s Heineken Cup encounter at Ravenhill, Ulster will need to play creative rugby, making full use of lively, skilled backs such as Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Chris Fairweather/Inpho

Munster’s outhalf Ian Keatley got man of the match last week against Leinster by varying his point of contact through multiple touches, hitting the li(...)

Wales’ George North gets in some golf practice during yesterday’s Lions Down Day at Carton House, Maynooth, yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

British and Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree insists the first Test match against the Barbarians o(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

Castrogiovanni, whose mooted move from Leicester Tigers to Toulon has seemingly fallen through, was forced off in the first half at Twic(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

As anticipated, Jacques Brunel has decided not to risk Italy ’s iconic and talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni or flanker Robert Barbieri, al(...)