Jonny Wilkinson and Delon Armitage combined to help Toulon lift the Heineken Cup in Dublin. In the all French final, Clermont lead the way with 25 minutes to go, but a Wilkinson penalty followed by a breakaway try from Armitage, which was duly converted, to give Toulon a narrow one point advantage.
For Jonathan Joseph, a call-up to England's squad to tour Argentina this summer is a silver lining at the end of a frustrating season. The 22-year-old centre has long been tipped as a future England star.
Ireland and Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara has announced his playing retirement in order to take up a coaching position with Racing Metro.
If the British and Irish Lions struggle for any power and pace among the backs down under when they tour Australia this summer, focus will inevitably turn to squad selection.
Leinster emulated Chelsea by winning the Amlin Challenge Cup to ease the blow of losing their status of European champions - and they did it in style.
Owen Farrell, Jamie Roberts and George North underwent a very different type of Lions training when they travelled to Salzburg in Austria.
It looks like a case of the missing Lions…in the first official team photo of the 2013 touring squad to face the Wallabies next month. A close look at the line up and it seems as if some nifty photoshop work has imposed the images of Brian O’Driscoll and Gethin Jenkins.
After meeting up on Monday as a squad for the first time at sunny Syon Park – and collecting the kit for the tour – the British and Irish Lions have got down to business.
The Lions squad have taken part in their first outdoor training session together as the build-up towards their three test series in Australia gathers pace.
Leigh Halfpenny could be excused if he felt in a hurry to make up for lost time on next month's British and Irish Lions tour.
Australia back Kurtley Beale could miss this summer's three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions after the Melbourne Rebels announced he will take an indefinite leave of absence from rugby to resolve personal issues.
Tom Croft made an irresistable case for British and Irish Lions Test team selection in Australia this summer after inspiring Leicester's march to a ninth successive Premiership final.
Australia have stoked the fire ahead of the upcoming British and Irish Lions series by mocking the famous documentary featuring Martin Johnson and Co from the 1997 tour of South Africa.
The choice for Warren Gatland was ultimately a simple one. You pick the captain around whom you can build a winning Test team - and Sam Warburton is the right choice to lead the Lions this summer.
Sportsmail expert Ben Kay gives his take on how Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions can succeed in the upcoming series. The former England and Lions player believes Sam Warburton can make the Lions roar and lead them to glory Down Under.
Warren Gatland has named a 37-man British and Irish Lions squad to tour Australia this summer. Here, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know about each and every player.
The British & Irish Lions head to Australia this summer for the 2013 tour as they bid for a first Test series victory since 1997. Here's all you need to know about the matches.
Yarm School came back from 10-0 down to win 17-15 in a pulsating match against Felsted in the U18 Vase Final in the Daily Mail Schools Rugby finals at Twickenham.
Daily Mail Schools Rugby Vase winners Royal Latin have given their pupils something to smile about after the tragic death of pupil Charlie Saunders and his father Peter last week.
Dulwich’s second successive Daily Mail Cup success will be remembered also for the resilience and tenacity of Northampton School for Boys.
Dulwich needed to produce their renowned forward power at crucial times to fend off an inspired Northampton School for Boys in Twickenham’s main final.
Royal Latin won their first U15 Vase trophy after a frenetic clash with Felsted in the opening match of the Daily Mail Schools Rugby finals day at Twickenham.
A second-half comeback by Warwick, led by full-back William Stride, settled a cup tie which was fast and furious despite the weather. QEGS Wakefield led 6-0 at half-time.
Jonny Wilkinson will attempt to add European rugby’s ultimate club prize to his gold-plated c.v. at the Aviva Stadium, armed with a torrent of eulogies to his enduring class as a match-winner.
Matt Stevens is delighted to be back among international rugby's elite, but insists he has no regrets about calling time on his England career last summer.
The British & Irish Lions squad will be dressed for success after being handed their official outfits for this summer's tour to Australia.
Owen Farrell is destined to be given the first shot at claiming the coveted Lions No 10 shirt for the Tests against Australia, after the coaches have spent a fortnight trying to revive his form and morale.
Northampton took inspiration from shock FA Cup-winners Wigan to stun Saracens and reach the Aviva Premiership final for the first time. This was a staggering triumph by the Saints.
Sam Warburton might be captain of the 2013 British and Irish Lions - but he does not want or expect preferential selection treatment.
England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster will invite Sir Alex Ferguson to his squad’s training camp this summer in an effort to tap into the knowledge that brought so much success at Manchester United.