Leinster’s Josh van der Flier impressed in both Champions Cup games against Toulon. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Josh van der Flier is unflinching in appraising his performances. His honesty, attention to detail and willingness to pore over the video analysis com(...)

Johnny Sexton tackles Ma’a Nonu during Leinster’s Champions Cup defeat to Toulon at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 16 Toulon 20 The other week Leinster had a bad time. Thrashed about on the French Riviera, a mere six days later they morphed into enforcers(...)

Jack McGrath has been favoured in the Leinster frontrow to Cian Healy, who will be on the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As dead rubbers go, this is not actually a dud. For starters, technically speaking Leinster’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages for the 11th t(...)

Paul O’Connell with his new Toulon team-mates yesterday, Samu Manoa on the left and Juan Smith on the right.

Toulon’s group shot just got even more amazing to behold. There now stands Paul O’Connell between Samu Manoa and Juan Smith. Lobbe, Gorgodze and Verme(...)

Toulon centre Ma’a Nonu runs at Leinster outhalf  Jonathan Sexton during the Champions Cup game  at the Stade Felix Mayol. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 24 Leinster 9 Leinster were brave and obdurate beyond dispute, but they will wonder what might have been had their performance been more acc(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

The new England coach Eddie Jones with the Rugby Football Union chairman  Bill Beaumont (left) and chief executive Ian Ritchie at Twickenham.  Photograph: Reuters

SACHIN NAKRANI Eddie Jones has insisted he is happy to adhere to the Rugby Football Union’s rule of only picking players who play in the Premiership (...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Leinster is tackled by Florian Fresia and Michael Classens of Toulon in last year’s European Cup quarter-final at Stade Mayol. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As both Wasps and Grenoble have shown in recent weeks, to take on Toulon, well, you have to take them on. Wasps had them gasping out wide after taking(...)

A French court has ordered more investigation in the case opposing Armitage to the client of a restaurant with whom he fought. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A French court sent back the case against England rugby forward Steffon Armitage, who is accused of assaulting a man in the port city of Toulon where (...)