Iain Henderson: returns to blindside flanker, where he can hunt and hurt Saracens with greater freedom. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Reasons to believe? The local factor. Ulster will always be a force at rebranded Ravenhill, this is the first time they go out to deliver for new dir(...)

Toulouse and France captain Thierry Dusautoir during the pre-match minute’s silence in respect of the Paris terror attack victims. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image

Saracens 32 Toulouse 7 England international Toby Flood has commended “a fantastic show of solidarity” by four-time European champions Toulouse after (...)

Toulouse players take part in a minutes silence in honour of the Paris Attacks before the European Champions Cup, pool one match at Allianz Park Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Saracens 32-7 Toulouse Saracens encountered few problems as they launched their European Champions Cup campaign with an emphatic victory over French h(...)

Saracens’ ‘prize’ for beating the top seeds away in last season’s quarter-final was a semi-final  at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in St Etienne against Clermont. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The semi-final draw is no longer part of rugby’s European Cup. Even with the traditional quirks of the competition – the minnows; the back to back fix(...)

London Irish will play their Aviva Premiership fixture against Saracens at the Red Bull Arena in New York. It will be the first Premiership game to be played overseas. Photograph: Getty

London Irish will play their Aviva Premiership home game against Saracens this season in New York. Irish and Premiership Rugby have announced a ground(...)

Scrumhalf Peter Stringer scores one of Bath’s seven tries  despite the tackle of Leicester’s Tommy Bell during their Aviva Premiership semi-final at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Bath captain Stuart Hooper has hailed the club’s mercurial midfield trio as they put on another masterful display which puts the team one win away fro(...)

Jamie Heaslip has been shortlisted for the European Player of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster skipper Jamie Heaslip has been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the year award. Number eight Heaslip is one of five nominee(...)

Back in harness: the return of Jonathan Sexton (centre, against Bayonne) to the European Champions Cup  should strengthen Racing Metro in Sunday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Iroziroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a little surprising to be reminded that this is actually a meeting of the first and eighth seeds in the Champions Cup, with Racing advancing to (...)

Owen Farrell of Saracens is hauled down by Julien Bardy of Clermont during the Champions Cup Pool 1 match at Stade Marcel Michelin yesterday. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Owen Farrell gave Stuart Lancaster an injury scare on the eve of England’s Six Nations get-together as he hobbled off in the first half of Saracens’ d(...)

 Munster head coach Anthony Foley after the 33-10 Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

A downbeat Anthony Foley could scarcely conceal his acute disappointment over Munster’s emphatic exit from the Champions Cup, thanks to a 33-10 defea(...)