Top 14 relegation fight hots up

Four teams are all battling to avoid the drop from the French top flight as the season reaches its climax – here's the lowdown…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

Captain Fantastic: Munster's Paul O'Connell creeps over for a rare try against Toulouse

The Heineken Cup team of the week

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster) When a full-back tops your tackle-count, you know your backs have been against the wall. Kearney senior was a shining light in Leinster’s defeat, epitomising their…

Champions: New Zealand celebrate after beating England to win the 2010 Women's World Cup

Women’s World Cup fixtures

The 2014 Women's World Cup takes place in Paris from 1-17 August – here are the fixtures you need

In the thick of it: A burly Ed Slater gets involved against Northampton Saints

Heineken Cup Quarters: Four to watch

This set of Heineken Cup quarter-finals is possibly the most enticing last eight ever assembled. Each of the four ties is jam-packed with stellar talent and most of the continent’s…

Christian Wade

Christian Wade’s fastest men in rugby

  It’s a question posed in every clubhouse, watering hole or playing field in the land. Who are the fastest men in world rugby? The players who leave others clasping…

At a stretch: Robin Copeland drives on for Cardiff Blues against Ulster

Wales: Five things we learned in March

One problem down, one to go The furore over the future of European rugby seems all but over. April should see the announcement of a new tournament, with the desired…

Frederic Michalak

How will the French fare in the Heineken Cup?

No one club has dominated the Top 14 this season, with the three French teams in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals all showing themselves fallible. Then again, they’ve also played some…

Bath v Sale Sharks - Aviva Premiership

Danny Cipriani: Due an England return?

Danny Cipriani carries a hefty amount of baggage with him – he’s freely admitted that. The prodigious yet prodigal son of English rugby has been a tabloid editor’s dream. Nightclub…