Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

France’s Teddy Thomas takes possession during the Test against Australia at the Stade de France. Photograph: Reuters.

A natural born worrier if ever there was one, Joe Schmidt would have assiduously watched every minute of France’s compelling 29-26 win over Australia (...)

Former Ireland head coach  Eddie O’Sullivan faces a daunting task at turning fortunes around at Biarritz.

Without a head coaching job in rugby since leaving the USA Eagles after the 2011 World Cup, it became increasingly evident that Eddie O’Sullivan would(...)

 Eddie O’Sullivan, centre, pictured during his time as Ireland coach, has been appointed head coach at Briarritz Olympique. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Eddie O’Sullivan will take over as head at recently relegated Biarritz Olympique, who have lost their status in the French Top 14 for the first time i(...)

Former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar at the official announcement of the One Young World 2014 summit at Trinity College in Dublin. The charity gathers together young people between 18 and 30 from around the world, and endeavours to empower them to make lasting connections to create positive change. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar is enjoying a dual purpose visit to Ireland. Yesterday afternoon, he s(...)

Donal Lenihan is beaten in the lineout during Ireland’s 22-9 defeat to France in the Parc des Princes in 1982. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are more than enough examples of Paris being the graveyard of Ireland’s ambitions over the decades, but perhaps the most pertinent one is(...)

Rory Kockott

A week ago last season’s beaten Heineken Cup finalists rested most of their key men with one eye on a return to European fare. Content enough to emerg(...)

Biarritz stalwart  Imanol Harinordoquy: with Dimitri Yachvili, the forward  has become  synonymous with Biarritz rugby. Photograph: Getty Images

If the ripple effect is to be believed Connacht created the threat facing Leinster next Friday. The 22-14 defeat at the Sportsground last Decem(...)