Head coach Ronan O’Gara, assistant forwards coach Romain Carmignani and director of rugby Jono Gibbes during the La Rochelle Captain’s Run at Twickenham on Friday ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup Final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Final: La Rochelle v Toulouse, Twickenham, Saturday, 4.45 – Live on Channel 4/ Virgin Media/BT Sport There have been some grum(...)

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Iain Henderson and Nick Timoney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw versus Robert Baloucoune. Let’s look at that tackle. Leinster beat Ulster 21-17, that’s four points, but Henshaw’s try-saving tackle i(...)

Robbie Henshaw is one of four Leinster players to be nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year 2021 award. File photograph: Inpho

Four Leinster players have made the list of 15 nominees for the EPCR European Player of the Year 2021 award. Irish internationals Tadhg Furlong, Robb(...)

Antoine Dupont in action during Toulouse’s win over Ulster in Belfast in December. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

One of the great maxims of French rugby is that when Toulouse go well so to do Les Bleus. This theory regained credence in the few years when Toulouse(...)

Jack O’Donoghue at Munster Rugby Squad training at  UL, Limerick last Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

MUNSTER RUGBY v TOULOUSE Kick-off 3pm Venue Thomond Park On TV Live on BT Sport It may be a dog-eared script, but it invariably stands up to repeate(...)

Toulouse will be without South Africa  backrow forward Rynhardt Elstadt for the Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 tie against Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday. Photograph: Fred Scheiber/AFP via Getty Images

Toulouse’s lengthy injury list in advance of their last 16 Heineken Champions Cup tie against Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) has b(...)

Granted, a team of the tournament is somewhat premature given the rearranged France-Scotland game next Friday could yet decide the title and alter sel(...)

Damian Penaud dots down to score a try for France against England at Twickenham during the  2021 Guinness Six Nations. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Try of the tournament Damien Penaud (France v England, Twickenham, round 4) That rarity, a first phase, set-piece try. Gaël Fickou raced onto Julien(...)

England’s Maro Itoje scores a try to beat France at Twickenham. Photograph: PA

England 23 France 20 An utterly compelling and at times scintillating game of rugby, particularly in the first half, was settled in England’s favour (...)

 France head coach Fabien Galthié. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

France head coach Fabien Galthié has admitted they must accept criticism for their recent coronavirus outbreak, but insisted zero risk does not exist (...)

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