Nathan Hines

Bordeaux is famed for its wine but this weekend it’ll be the smell of rugby players’ sweat filling the air rather than the fruity aroma of a good red. Clermont…

They began camping out the day before tickets went on sale at Clermont’s ground for Sunday’s Heineken Cup clash with Leinster, writes Gavin Mortimer. Such is the fervour for all…

Brian O'Driscoll

The semi-finals of both the 2012 Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups take place this weekend and we’ve compiled 12 interesting stats and facts so you can impress your mates when…

Ireland v Wales

By Claire Glancy “We were robbed!” “Red card!” “Heartbreaking.” THOSE ARE just some of the messages that flooded my mobile on Sunday after Ireland’s 23-21 defeat by Wales. The talk…

Darren Allinson

By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor IT WAS hardly a vintage performance by Cardiff Blues in Reading but they head into the final round of the Heineken Cup pool…

stephen ferris ulster

We are in for a treat this Friday night as two former European champions, Ulster and Leicester, lock horns at Ravenhill. The Heineken Pool 4 clash is a must-win game…

Chris Wyles

By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor at Wembley THE X FACTOR finals were taking place next door at Wembley Arena but on the pitch here it was a chance…

Mike Brown

By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor HARLEQUINS’ 14-MATCH winning run had to come to an end at some point and there’s no shame in losing to Europe’s most successful…

Paul Hodgson try-saving tackle

Paul Hodgson’s stock was never higher than in the 2007-08 season, when he won the first of his nine England caps. A few weeks later, he lined up in a…

Saracens bound for Cape Town

Saracens will break new ground by playing their Heineken Cup Round 5 match against Biarritz Olympique in Cape Town on Saturday, January 14th, 2012. ERC, organisers of the Heineken Cup,…