Star player: Steffon Armitage has been outstanding since his move to Toulon

IN A competition packed full of Europe's finest players, certain talents will always stand out. Here are five stars set to make a big impression in this season's Heineken Cup:

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NOTTINGHAM TRADED places with Plymouth and moved into third in the Championship by virtue of a 48-16 win over Jersey, at Meadow Lane on Friday. The Green and Whites were…

Australia v Argentina: The Rugby Championship

CONSIDERING THE enormous amount of criticism poured on Australia throughout The Rugby Championship, the fact that they finished the tournament in second place is somewhat of a surprise. Factor in…

The Championship Blog – Week 5 round-up

NEWCASTLE FALCONS stay top of the class by virtue of giving Leeds a lesson in finishing at Kingston Park on Friday night, writes Richard Grainger. This match-up was tipped as…

Winter winds: Winter weather means more rugby!

AS OCTOBER draws near the rain is lashing pedestrians with more regularity. For some south of Berwick this is a reminder that grounds will soften and tries may be unpleasantly…

Shark cage: Michalak in control against the Bulls

“MICHALAK IS back” screams the headline in this week’s Midi Olympique, alongside a photograph of Toulon’s Freddie, a player for whom the word ‘mercurial’ could have been invented. Michalak played…

Winning ways:

HERE’S a bit of statistical analysis to kick-off this week’s Championship blog, writes Richard Grainger. In the Championship — which doesn’t have a sponsor — 355 points were scored in…

Leading men: (L-R) Andy Cosslett and Brett Gosper

Today marks three years to the kick-off of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and with that milestone, those tasked with bringing the tournament to the millions of rugby…

Fine form: Newcastle's Richard Mayhew (L) on the charge for the Falcons

AFTER THREE weeks of Championship rugby it’s beginning to look as if the sides promoted and relegated to this division may have booked a return ticket back to where they…