Dan Carter: the New Zealand outhalf has just returned from a knee injury. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The three major southern hemisphere nations are set to lose a number of their leading players to French clubs after next year’s World Cup. The Racing (...)

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 Rugby owner Mourad Boudjellal   celebrates  his team’s Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

The essence is in part aspirational, a glossy, Panini sticker-album feel, to the playing roster at Toulon. Club president and multi-millionaire(...)

For Munster to keep the ball on or beyond the gain line against Toulon in Marseille. James Downey (with ball, above), in particular, must get flat, quick ball ad nauseam. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I’ve a different view on Leinster’s performance against Toulon. It was said by themselves and others they didn’t land a punch; but in not conce(...)

Bryan Habana of Toulon equalled the World Cup record of eight tries set by Jonah Lomu in 1999 when helping South Africa to win the 2007 World Cup in France. Photograph: John Berry/Getty Images.

As Munster watched Toulon beat Leinster the day after their rout of Toulouse, they may have thought the Heineken Cup couldn’t have provided the(...)

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth: lack of experience at this level as well as lack of game time in the last couple of months was perhaps exposed in the Felix Mayol cauldron. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Amid the din at the Stade Felix Mayol on Sunday, and it was some din, there was the unmistakable sound of chickens coming home to roost. For ev(...)

Matt O’Connor was yesterday adamant that Saturday’s match-winner, Brian O’Driscoll, didn’t suffer concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster and Munster emerged grateful for seemingly emerging relatively unscathed from their annual warm-up for the Heineken Cup knock-out stag(...)

 Matt Giteau and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon. Opinions differ on the impact foreign players are have on the French game.

These are heady days for French domestic rugby. Les Bleus will start the Six Nations against a background of a freshly minted television deal that wil(...)

Cardiff’s Leigh Halfpenny is is to leave and the end of the season. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire
Leigh Halfpenny bound for Toulon
  • Rugby
  • January 23, 2014, 16:13

Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Wales star Leigh Halfpenny will leave them at the end of this season. The Blues have not revealed 25-year-old Halfp(...)