“The family are incredibly excited,” says France-bound Paul O’Connell. “They don’t care about my injuries. They just want to make sure we go.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A player who has come to the end of his Irish career is beginning another. Paul O’Connell wants to be with Toulon when European competition shortly co(...)

Matt Giteau returned to the Wallaby fold when Michael Cheika took command. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Afp Photo/Getty Images

Until Michael Cheika forced through The Giteau Rule one of rugby’s last little big men saw this World Cup as nothing more than a tidy earner. “I thoug(...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

Toulon’s Stade Felix Mayol. Photograph: Getty

The French rugby club Toulon have been caught up in a preliminary investigation into certain pharmacists in their home city. The French anti-doping ag(...)

Leinster will travel to the Stade Felix Mayol in December to play Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell will face off against Leinster in Toulon colours at the Stade Félix Mayol in the Champions Cup round three tie on Sunday, December 13t(...)

Toulon players celebrate after the European Champions Cup final win against Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham in May. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Those wishing to see Paul O’Connell face Leinster in Toulon colours will have to wait until Mourad Boudjellal returns from holidays next week. A venue(...)

Australian secondrow Kane Douglas has been released from his contract with Leinster. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kane Douglas’s all too brief stay with Leinster has come to an official end as the 26-year-old arrived in on Thursday to finalise terms with the Queen(...)

 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(...)

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