Ulster’s Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy tackle Mathieu Bastareaud of Toulon during the European Rugby Champions Cup clash  at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster 13 Toulon 23Ulster were unlocked by European champions Toulon at Kingspan Stadium to lose only the second of their last 18 home Pool stage matc(...)

Steffon Armitage: last season named European player of the year after helping Toulon win the Heineken Cup and French league title. Photograph: Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

England flanker Steffon Armitage is on a 10-man list of foreign players who could potentially be picked to play international rugby for France, accord(...)

Toulon’s Steffon Armitage: considering options due	 to England’s refusal to pick anyone who is based overseas. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The International Rugby Board is ready to block exploitation of a loophole in qualifying regulations for Rio 2016 that enables players to switch natio(...)

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(...)