USA’s Irish born outhalf AJ MacGinty during his team’s defeat to France. Photograph: Getty Images

France 33 USA 9 Now this was fun. France beat the USA 33-9, and scored five tries doing it, four of them utterly glorious. The last three came in the(...)

Number eight Louis Picamoles has been included in France’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Number eight Louis Picamoles will get to finish his international career at the World Cup after he was included in France’s 31-man squad on Monday. T(...)

 Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of France’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mathieu Bastareaud will not be part of this year’s rugby World Cup after the Toulon centre was left out of France’s 37-man squad on Tuesday. Bastarea(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier tackles Toulouse’s   Yoann Huget during the Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the hurly-burly of a match it can be difficult to remain emotionally detached, casting a dispassionate eye over every contact point, collision, ta(...)

 Leinster’s Dave Kearney scores a try in the corner. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster 29 Toulouse 13 The two four-time winners had both seen this as something of a litmus test and, unsurprisingly, the champions confirmed the s(...)

Ross Byrne: “He leads the team well; he’s a very clear understanding of what’s expected and how we want to play the game. So, no issues with Ross, he’s been fantastic,” says Leo Cullen. Photograph: Laszlo

Heineken Champions Cup Pool Two, Leinster v Toulouse Venue: RDS Kick-off: 1pm On TV: Live On Virgin Media, Ch4, BT Sport If(...)

 Ben Morgan: Munster will have to restrain the impact of  Gloucester’s primary ball carrier  at Kingsholm. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

There are some familiar names in terms of the headline performers statistically in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup ahead of the weekend’s round f(...)

Cheslin Kolbe dives to score Toulouse’s first try against Wasps. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

Wasps 16 Stade Toulousain 24 Wasps’ hopes of European Champions Cup progression were all but ended after suffering a 24-16 loss to Toulouse at the Ri(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Leinster’s sixth try against Wasps  despite the efforts of Wasps’ Elliot Daly. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Toulouse v Leinster Kick off: Sunday, 3.15pm. Venue: Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. How to follow:(...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns fails to ground the ball to score a try late in the game as he is dispossessed by Maxime Médard of Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup game at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bath 20 Toulouse 22 Freddie Burns was guilty of two late blunders as Toulouse continued English clubs’ painful start to the Heineken Champions Cup by(...)

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