Toulouse’s French fullback Maxime Medard  scores a try against Oyonnax in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

It was left to Ospreys to haul a solitary scrap of pride among Pro12 sides from a weekend in which all seven teams in action in the Champions Cup left(...)

All Black Brendan O’Connor (centre) goes straight into the Leicester backrow. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images.

Leicester will face an immediate stern test of their European Champions Cup credentials when they kick off this season’s tournament against French (...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

 Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers has been forced to retire due to injury. Photograph: David Jones/Getty Images

Former England centre Anthony Allen has been forced to retire “at the peak of his career” aged just 28 after long-running knee problems. The ex-Glouce(...)

Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I must admit to being slightly sceptical at the robust and uniform manner in which the Leinster players defended Matt O’Connor over the past season. T(...)

Italy will be without Castrogiovanni against Scotland as he was bitten by a friend’s dog. Photograph: Twitter

Martin Castrogiovanni looks set to miss Italy’s Six Nations clash with Scotland after requiring 14 stitches when he was bitten on the nose by a friend(...)

 Brad Thorn of Leicester: returns to the side to face Scarlets at Welford Road. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Richard Cockerill accepts that Leicester have to chase a perfect 10 out of 10 in their quest for a European Champions Cup quarter-final place. The Tig(...)

Toulon’s Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks following comments made to the Welford Road crowd after his side’s Champions Cup loss to Leicester Tigers

Toulon back Delon Armitage has been suspended for 12 weeks after a misconduct complaint was lodged against him following his side’s 25-21 European Cha(...)

Anthony Allen of Leicester is tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud during Toulon’s 23-8 victory over  Leicester Tigers at Felix Mayol Stadium

POOL 1 Saracens made it back-to-back wins over Sale to move top of Pool One in the European Champions Cup, but missed out on a bonus point as t(...)

Toulon’s Martin Castrogiovanni during the European  Champions Cup Group Three match against Leicester at Welford Road, Leicester, England. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulon players Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage have received misconduct complaints for their behaviour during last Sunday’s Champions Cup def(...)