England outhalves past and present will meet in form of Saracens’ Owen Farrell, left, and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon when the two clubs meet in this afternoon’s Heineken cup final in Cardiff. 
Photographs: David Rogers/Getty Images

So this is it then. The last Heineken Cup final does not so much look like a fitting summation of the last 19 years as a foretaste of the new order. T(...)

No more Heineken Cup and possibly no more Heineken involvement: “All those bully boy threats of breakaway leagues, possible court action et al, have left European rugby looking like damaged goods.”

The season is almost over. The last rites are about to be passed on the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup, with the last finals in Cardiff a for(...)

Throughout the five stakeholders’ meetings, the Celts and Italians brought all manner of revised formats to the table, be it 32 or 24 teams, but Paul Goze of France’s LNR and England’s PRL’s Mark McCafferty (above) only wanted to talk about their proposed 20-team format.

Since the game went professional on August 25th 1995 there have been a few skirmishes along the way but it’s always felt as if we’ve been waiting for (...)

Saracens owner Nigel Wray

In response to threats of “financial oblivion” by the Bath owner Bruce Craig if they do not join the Anglo-French clubs’ proposed new tournament, and (...)

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premiership Rugby: poured scorn on resuming negotiations with an independent mediator. Photograph: Getty Images

So the truth is out. The English clubs especially, and their French cohorts, never had any real interest in salvaging the Heineken Cup, even if it was(...)

Saracens chairman  Nigel Wray. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray has vowed that English teams will be prepared to carry out their threat to pull out of the Heineken Cup. The English and (...)