Owen Farrell of Saracens celebrates after scoring the third try of  the Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

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Director of Rugby Mark McCall talks to the media during the Saracens press conference at Twickenham. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Saracens’ chances of reaching the Heineken Cup final for the first time have been given a major boost after Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien(...)

 Matt Giteau and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon. Opinions differ on the impact foreign players are have on the French game.

These are heady days for French domestic rugby. Les Bleus will start the Six Nations against a background of a freshly minted television deal that wil(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

In the months leading up to the beginning of a Six Nations championship, there is a mass of research, planning and preparation undertaken by every hea(...)

Scotland’s Tommy Seymour scores a try against Japan  at Murrayfield. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland 42 Japan 17Tommy Seymour grabbed two tries on his home debut as Scotland saw off the challenge of improving Japan 42-17 following a flurry (...)

Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)

Leinster’s forwards coach Jonno Gibbes is due to leave the province at the end of the season.

Leinster forwards coach Jonno Gibbes will leave the province at the end of the season to take up a similar position at Clermont Auvergne. With the cu(...)

Racing Metro’s new Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton makes his debut in the Top 14 against Brive tomorrow evening. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty.

Jonathan Sexton was given a goldfish to mind as part of an initiation process for the newbies at Racing Metro 92. He was then directed to eat it, a de(...)

John Plumtree: the former Natal Sharks coach is looking forward to working with Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

John Plumtree is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances. The newly appointed Ireland forwards’ coach, who moves here from Durban’s Natal Sharks(...)

Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter will take up the Scotland job in June 2014. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Vern Cotter has been confirmed as the next head coach of Scotland, although the Clermont Auvergne head coach but will not take charge until next summ(...)