Toulouse assistant coach Regis Sonnes. “We have a very young team, but with big potential and we are growing.” Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images

It’s still early days in the 2018-19 season. They don’t hand out trophies in January any more. But Toulouse are back alright, and seemingly with a ven(...)

Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

At the launch of the  European competitions in Dublin were (L-R) Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh) and Jarrad Butler (Connacht). Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

 To repeat, or not to repeat, that is the huge challenge facing Leinster as they seek to add to that hard-earned fourth star above their crests a(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Sebastien Bezy says return trip will be hard for Ulster. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

A conflux of historical precedent and statistical data illustrates the magnitude of the task facing Ulster at the Stade Earnest Wallon on Sunday. Th(...)

Ireland winger  Tommy Bowe scores a try against France in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

2012 Six Nations Championship France 17 Ireland 17, Stade de France This was the first draw between the sides since 1985 and represented (...)

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(...)

 Denis Buckley and Gurthro Steenkamp of Toulouse. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

The suspicions always lurked that the real Toulouse might turn up and that, as a result, this was not the ideal week for a virus to sweep through Conn(...)

Toulouse captain  Thierry Dusautoir with his pack during the Heineken Cup defeat to Connacht. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images.

Sunday’s defeat to Connacht was, according to Guy Novès, Toulouse’s responsibility. In over 20 years in charge, the French side’s head coach has rarel(...)