Filled with World Cup winners and already with two European cups in the bag, Toulon could have been excused being outfought by Clermont at Twickenham. But that just is not in their make-up.
Gloucester skipper Billy Twelvetrees has backed winger Jonny May to force his way back into England's World CUp plans after his virtuoso showing in Gloucester's Challenge Cup triumph.
D'Arcy hopes to feature for Ireland in World Cup later this year but will retire at the end of October.
Itoje, Slade, Nowell, Daly and Clifford make Land Rover Discovery of the Year shortlist.
Melbourne Rebels claimed a dramatic, if controversial, one-point win over the Chiefs at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with the hosts beneficiaries of several fortunate decisions from referee Andrew Lees.
Italy flyer will arrive at Kingston Park after the World Cup on a two-year deal.
Toulon winger Drew Mitchell believes their third European title in as many years has silenced the doubters who predicted they would come unstuck against Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.
Scrum-half remains calm as others around him panic to seal Challenge Cup glory, writes Tom Hamilton at the Stoop.
The Hurricanes have taken another step towards the New Zealand conference title in Super Rugby with a thrilling six-point victory over local rivals, the Crusaders, in Wellington.
Rookie winger Melani Nanai grabbed two tries as the Blues beat Western Force 41-24 in Auckland in a clash between two Super Rugby strugglers.
On the eve of Toulon's bid to become the first club to win three European Cups on the bounce, Wilkinson talks Halfpenny, mentorship and life after rugby,
Waratahs hold off late Brumbies surge to go within one point of the top of the Australian conference.
Former Leinster hero will return to the province in time for the start of next season.
Breaking the Premiership salary cap is on a par with performance-enhancing drug use, according to the Rugby Players' Association.
Springbok great Gary Teichmann pays tribute to Stormers No.8 Duane Vermeulen
With his side amid preparations to take on Edinburgh in the European Challenge Cup final at The Stoop in London on Friday night, ESPN spoke to him this week to find out if he's experienced any massive differences having crossed the north-south divide.
Martin Gillingham on the remarkable story of Clermont and why they pride themselves on being everything Toulon aren't.
Leading clubs reportedly voted to block investigation into over-spending in order to protect relationships with sponsors and fans.
Toulon wing Drew Mitchell wants to see Steffon Armitage in England's World Cup squad and challenges them to break policy of ignoring overseas-based players.
Gloucester number eight continuing rehabilitation after fracturing his ankle in January - but has England's World Cup warm-up games in sight.
Saracens have announced "multi-year" contract extensions for England international brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola.
The Welsh Rugby Union has appointed a first woman board member in its 134-year history.
Billy Twelvetrees acknowledges that Gloucester can end their season with "a huge bonus" after experiencing an erratic Aviva Premiership campaign.
Brock James believes players based abroad should be picked for international duty if they are good enough.
Wasps owner Derek Richardson launches defence of salary cap despite club on verge of becoming richest rugby outfit in the world.
Newcastle Falcons will host Georgia in a pre-World Cup friendly at Kingston Park Stadium on August 28.
Former Wasps fly-half Joe Carlisle to arrive from Benetton Treviso as well as Plymouth Albion scrum-half Josh Davies.
Toulouse boss Novès leaves "door ajar" on any potential approach to replace the outgoing France coach.
Club to launch Retail Bond scheme on London Stock Exchange with view to raising £25m-35m fresh investment.
Glasgow Warriors have boosted their squad for next season after signing Australian centre Sam Johnson and United States international Greg Peterson.
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