La Rochelle winger Victor Vito  will miss the European Challenge Cup final  against Clermont. Photograph: Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne and La Rochelle will clash in the first all-French European Challenge Cup final for seven years on Friday. The Top 14 clubs meet a(...)

Scott Spedding (centre) of Clermont  celebrates with team-mates Morgan Parra (left) and Fritz Lee after kicking the last -minute  penalty against Saracens  at Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne 24 Saracens 21 It is hard to imagine two more contrasting rugby occasions than those involving Clermont and Saracens in the past we(...)

Michael Murphy is temporarily swapping Gaelic football for rugby as part of RTÉ’s The Toughest Trade series. Photograph: Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Donegal footballer Michael Murphy did not look out of place while training with rugby side Clermont Auvergne, according to the French club’s former En(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne: did not return to the pitch following half-time against Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

Ulster are awaiting a definitive medical prognosis on Jared Payne and Andrew Trimble on injuries that the pair sustained in Ireland’s 27-24 victory o(...)

Exeter Chiefs are through to the Champions Cup quarter-finals after a sensational set of results in Pool Two. Photograph: Inpho

Exeter coach Rob Baxter was left to reflect on “an incredible finale” after his team secured an unlikely place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals aft(...)

Clermont Auvergne players react after losing the French Top 14 final against Stade Francais at the Stade de France in Paris. It was their 11th loss in 12 French finals. Photograph: Damien Meyer/Afp/Getty

A good captain is often skilled in gamesmanship. On Saturday evening Clermont Auvergne added another chapter to their long history of final failure in(...)

Clermont’s Nick Abendanon has been named European Player of the Year. Photograph: Inpho

Clermont Auvergne full back Nick Abendanon has been named the European Player of the Year 2015.28-year-old Abendanon was one of the standout performer(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Champions Cup organisers are fearful Twickenham could be half empty for the final between Clermont and Toulon. Photograph: Getty

Organisers fear there may be 40,000 empty seats when Clermont Auvergne and Toulon contest the European Champions Cup final at Twickenham on Saturday w(...)

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