Toulon were crowned champions of Europe for a third successive year after they beat Toulon 24-18 at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

Clermont Auvergne 18 Toulon 24Toulon made rugby union history at Twickenham as they clinched a hat-trick of European titles by defeating fellow French(...)

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(...)

Clermont centre Wesley Fofana is tackled during the semi-final match in Saint-Etienne. Photo: Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne 13 Saracens 9Saracens bowed out of the European Champions Cup after a brave and battling display at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.France s(...)

Wayne Barnes will be the man in the middle for Leinster’s European Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Played 6, won 3, drawn 0, lost 3.Leinster results when Wayne Barnes has refereed their matches since they won their first Heineken Cup in 2009. 2009-(...)

Morgan Parra of France cuts a dejected figure after the defeat to Wales at the Stade France at the weekend. Photograph Michael Steele/Getty Images

Problems continued to mount for the under-pressure France coach, Philippe Saint-André, after the scrum-half Morgan Parra and the centre Wesley Fofana (...)

Richardt Strauss was one of three Leinster players forced off with a head injury during Sunday’s Pro 12 loss to Newport Gwent Dragons. (Photograph: INPHO/Colm O’Neill)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has no solution, it’s clear that nobody does, but the alarming rate of concussive injuries was evident at the RDS on Sund(...)

 Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton leaves the pitch to be treated for a head injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Recognise and remove” is the tagline adopted by World Rugby in their attempt to tackle the issue of concussion. Last week there were six incidents (...)

Ireland’s Mike Ross holds on to the shorts of French winger Teddy Thomas to make a vital tackle during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

THE BREAKDOWNIreland were outplayed here and had to send extra numbers in to try and hang on to possession. As a result France had a numerical superio(...)

  Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell talks to his players during the 18-11 win over France  at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho 4:45

A Valentine’s Day game for the romantics it certainly was not but for all the talk of brawn beating brains in the modern game the result still shouts(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)