Johann Muller

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Toulon Rugby owner Mourad Boudjellal   celebrates  his team’s Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

The essence is in part aspirational, a glossy, Panini sticker-album feel, to the playing roster at Toulon. Club president and multi-millionaire(...)

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Here’s a question. Supposing Jared Payne and Alex Goode made the exact same runs as when they collided last Saturday week in Ravenhill, which r(...)

 Drew Mitchell of Toulon is tackled by Brian O’Driscoll  and Jimmy Gopperth of Leinster during the Heineken Cup quarter-final  at the Felix Mayol Stadium  in Toulon, France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

And then there was one. Following on from Ulster’s heart-breaking exit, Leinster were unceremoniously turfed out of the last Heineken Cup as we(...)

Former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar at the official announcement of the One Young World 2014 summit at Trinity College in Dublin. The charity gathers together young people between 18 and 30 from around the world, and endeavours to empower them to make lasting connections to create positive change. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar is enjoying a dual purpose visit to Ireland. Yesterday afternoon, he s(...)

Dan Tuohy is back in the Ulster starting line-up for tomorrow’s Rabo Pro12 trip to Cardiff after recovering from the broken arm he suffered aga(...)

Donnacha Ryan will start in the Munster secondrow against the Ospreys in Swansea. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have been boosted by the return of Donnacha Ryan, Tommy O’Donnell and Felix Jones from Ireland camp and all three will start Sunday’s t(...)

Johann Muller. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster captain, Johann Muller, has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. The 34 year-old lock joined the Irish province (...)

Dan Tuohy tackles Ryan Wilson during yesterday’s Six Nations Championship match. Photograph: Inpho

Jamie Heaslip of New Plymouth fame in 2010 is so far removed from the 2014 version. The loss of Paul O’Connell the player was covered pretty efficient(...)

Jamie Gibson of Leicester Tigers (left) lines up Ulster captain Johann Muller for a hit during their Heineken Cup Pool Five showdown at Welford Road in Leicester. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

It was a night when the action spoke louder than all the politics that threaten yet to wash the Heineken Cup into oblivion. And a shudderingly engagin(...)

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