ERC player-of-the-year  Steffon Armitage of Toulon breaks away from Marcelo Bosch during the Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

As Alex Payne said in advance of Sky’s closing credits to the Heineken Cup, “thank you for the memories”. Thanks indeed. The Six Nations may be the(...)

Seán Dougall (left) and his Munster team-mates after their defeat to Toulon on Sunday.

With some degree of difficulty, one would imagine, Munster have to quickly turn their attention toward the Ra(...)

Steffon Armitage of Toulon charges upfield during the Heineken Cup quarter final match against  Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium. Armitage’s sheer size caused Leinster all sorts of problems at the breakdown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last Saturday I found myself in London Wasps’ training ground with Rosie Foley and 11 tag rugby players drawn from Limerick’s Southside Clasp ((...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar scores a try against Montpellier earlier this month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruan Pienaar is among five players from Irish provinces included in a longlist announced today for the ERC European Player of the Year 2014 award. Pie(...)

With a six-point cushion over Perpignan, and sitting sixth in the Top 14 with two domestic matches remaining, Fabien Galthie’s Montpellier can(...)