Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates the try that gave Munster the win at Thomond Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Munster 20 Toulon 19 In time-honoured fashion, a capacity Thomond Park crowd remained riveted from first minute to last, and made off into the evenin(...)

Simon Zebo: returns from injury for what will be his  farewell European game for Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Toulon, Thomond Park, Saturday, 3.15pm (Sky Sports) A monumental weekend for the Irish provinces and if it’s quarter-final time then Munste(...)

Even by All Black standards, Dan Carter is special. Photograph: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Two years after the power struggle to rule European rugby, where the English and French clubs so obviously prevailed, what are we left with? This. Th(...)

Mike Phillips (L) will join Sale Sharks at the end of the season. Photograph: Getty

Mike Phillips will play in the Aviva Premiership next season after signing a deal with Sale. The 33-year-old former Wales scrum-half has played for L(...)

Bismarck Du Plessis of South Africa tackles Dan Carter of the All Blacks at Eden Park on September 14th. Du Plessis received a yellow card for the tackle. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Bismarck du Plessis, the central character in last month’s controversial test between New Zealand and South Africa, was restored to the Springbok side(...)

Zane Kirchner (centre). Photograph: Getty Images

Zane Kirchner and Chiliboy Ralepelle have been added to the South Africa squad that will face Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.Spri(...)