La Rochelle coach Ronan O’Gara’s  tactics against Leinster were brilliant. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

In America, they are called “Monday Morning Quarterbacks”. Those who have all the answers on how the weekend’s game should have been won after they ha(...)

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(...)

Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune is tackled by Montpellier’s  Yacouba Camara  during the the French Top 14 game at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Toulouse are facing something of an injury crisis at centre ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup match against Munster at Thomond Park (3.0) aft(...)

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(...)

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