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 All Black captain Reuben Thorne and winger Doug Howlett combine to bring down Welsh wing Tom Shanklin. Photograph: Ross Land/Getty Images

Despite Wales’ World Cup history being bookended by two semi-finals appearances, both of whichended in contentious defeats, one of the game’s grand(...)

 Paul O’Connell has signed for Toulon, the Top 14 club have confirmed.

With the words of AP McCoy and Brian O’Driscoll ringing in his ears, Paul O’Connell has been confirmed a Toulon player until the summer of 2017. Fre(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Paul O’Connell: Toulon’s owner Mourad Boudjellal linked him  with the French club. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan.

Mourad Boudjellal, the owner and president of Toulon, has stoked the rumours linking Paul O’Connell with the three-in-a-row European champions by hint(...)

Clermont Auvergne training at Twickenham ahead of their European Champions Cup final against Toulon. They are hoping for their first European Cup victory. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Ultimately, the rugby won out, or at any rate the occasions did. The semi-finals may have been taut arm wrestles, but the sight of the Clermont player(...)

Paul O’Connell launching  the new adidas Climachill Product Range in Dublin. “I really wish I had a bit more clarity for you.”  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inph

Paul Jeremiah O’Connell is not moving to Toulon. Where he intends to be after October 31st (the World Cup final date) will be revealed following a fam(...)

“Habana is always on the lookout for that sort of ball. He shoots out of the line a lot more than other wingers. Yes, Madigan took a risk with the pass but Habana took a big risk too.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As the game went into extra-time on Sunday, it was like the old boxing matches that went 15 rounds. The fighters had given everything on both sides an(...)

Paul O’Connell is contracted to Munster and Ireland until the end of the 2015-16 season and has been linked with a move to Toulon. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paul O’Connell’s move to Toulon this summer won’t happen unless Toulon’s millionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal wants to buy the Ireland captain out of h(...)

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(...)

Toulon’s  Matt Giteau runs at Leinster’s   Ian Madigan during the Champions Cup semi final match  at Stade Vélodrome 5 in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt Giteau echoed Toulon team-mate Bryan Habana’s sentiments that the reigning European champions will need to up their game in next month’s Twickenh(...)

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