Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)

 Noa Nakaitaci of Clermont Auvergne makes the break that led to his try during the European Rugby Champions Cup  match against Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont 26 Munster 19Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony accepts their European Champions Cup quarter-final qualification hopes rest in the hands of other(...)

Munster’s Denis Hurley and Pat Howard tackle Aurelien Rougerie of  Clermont Auvergne during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16 Clermont Auvergne just provided a lesson to others on how to stack Thomond Park. The first French club to win in L(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Predicting the likely composition of the Clermont Auvergne team for Saturday’s European Champions Cup against Munster at Thomond Park is a fraught (...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Clermont Auvergne’s Wesley Fofana during the 2013 Heineken Cup semi final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every club has its own DNA. People won’t necessarily talk about it but everyone around the place knows it and feels it. From watching and playing agai(...)

Argentina surprised Les Bleus, who headed into tonight’s game having beaten Australia last weekend, winning 18-13 at the Stade de France

France 13 Argentina 18Argentina confirmed they are a bete noir for France when they play in Paris by kicking four drop goals, including three by flyha(...)

Maxime Mermoz playing for Toulon above, is one of four French changes. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre on Wednesday has named his team to face Argentina at the Stade de France on Saturday.Off-the-back of last weekend’(...)

France’s Teddy Thomas, scorer of a hat-trick of tries on debut, and Yoann Huget salute supporters after their win  over  Fiji at the Velodrome  in Marseille. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

France 40 Fiji 15Teddy Thomas enjoyed a dream Test debut for France with a hat-trick of tries in Saturday’s 40-15 victory over Fiji in Marseille.The 2(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana scores his  try against Leicester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 22 Leicester 16 Leicester were knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-fina(...)