Joe Schmidt with Philippe Saint-André and Serge Blanco ahead of Ireland’s clash with France at the World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

French rugby: exiled from artistry by greed or a coach floundering out of his depth? According to Philippe Saint-André, until the national team become(...)

Paul O’Connell, with RC Toulon owner  Mourad Boudjellal, has said being unable to represent the French side is ‘a big disappointment.’ Photograph: INpho

Paul O’Connell has said being unable to play for three-in-a-row champions of Europe RC Toulon is one of the few major disappointments of his glitterin(...)

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal wants his club to play in the English league.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has written to the English Premiership clubs about the possibility of his reigning European champions joining Engla(...)

RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

Leinster’s scrumhalf Eoin Reddan  in  Champions Cup action against Toulon at the weekend: “People just make arguments to suit results a lot of the time.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

In the changing landscape, it is easy to absolve Leinster of their pre-Christmas European gloom because the IRFU wallet isn’t big enough. Toulon (Mou(...)

The Toulon panel, including new signing Paul O’Connell, pose for a photograph. Photograph: blog-rct.com

Paul O’Connell hopes to make his debut for Toulon as early as next month. This despite the 36-year-old former Ireland captain tearing his hamstring cl(...)

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(...)

New Zealand’s centre and Rugby World Cup winner Ma’a Nonu (R), flanked by the Toulon president  Mourad Boudjellal, speaks media at the Felix Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photo: Getty Images

Ma’a Nonu has arrived at Toulon and immediately set his sights on silverware with the Top 14 club. The rampaging centre is fresh from helping New Zea(...)

All European rugby games hosted in France this weekend were postponed. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tournament organisers say they are considering “all possible fixture permutations” following opening-round postponements in the European Champions Cup(...)

Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Guilhem Guirado tackle Rob Kearney of Leinster in last year’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final. Toulon are second favourites to win their fourth Cup in a row. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For better or for worse, the European Champions Cup is upon us again. The hangover in European rugby still lingers after the World Cup amid general ru(...)