Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

 Jamie George in action for the England Saxons against Ireland Wolfhounds at  Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. Photo:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Saracens hooker Jamie George wouldn’t have to dwell too long on an ideal birthday present. He turned 24 on Wednesday and tonight at Thomond Park he p(...)

Munster’s CJ Sander carries the ball despite Chris Cusiter of Sale tackling during the European Champions Cup Round One game at AJ Bell Stadium. Photograph: Inpho.

Scarcely six days after facing their latest moment of truth, Munster brace themselves for another potentially season-defining game. Even in the Heine(...)

 BJ Bothain Munster line-up to face Saracens on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made just two changes to the side the narrowly beat Sale Sharks last weekend, ahead of Friday’s meeting with Saracens (...)

Danny Cipriani of England breaks clear with the ball during the match between the Crusaders and England at the AMI Stadium. Photograph by David Rogers/Getty Images

England registered a first victory on their tour of New Zealand with Danny Cipriani pressing his claim against a weakened Crusaders for a place on the(...)

Owen Farrell will not play in England’s final Test match against New Zealand because of an knee injury he picked up in the second game. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

England outhalf Owen Farrell has been ruled out of Saturday’s final Test against New Zealand due to a knee injury. Farrell strained the medial ligamen(...)

 Richie McCaw celebrates with his New Zealand teammates after their win over England. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

New Zealand exploded for three tries in the second half to beat England 28-27 in their second test in Dunedin and clinch their three-match series with(...)

Gloucester captain Billy Twelvetrees is helped off the pitch after being injured during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and London Irish at Kingsholm Stadium on May 3rd in Gloucester, England. Photograph: Getty Images

England and New Zealand have both suffered crucial losses before their meeting in Saturday’s first Test at Eden Park. The centre Billy Twelvetrees mis(...)

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(...)

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(...)