Scarlets made a miserable start to their Heineken Cup campaign, losing 49-16 at Clermont Auvergne after having Morgan Stoddart sent off shortly before half-time.
Harlequins 40 Biarritz 13: Quins tear French side apart in second half but lose Evans to injury
Far from being a failed state, this is a country that can do great things
Toulon 18 Biarritz 21
England coach ignores the critics and backs unchanged side to shock experienced French
Manchester United 2 Athletic Bilbao 3
Swim, golf, surf – or just Basque in the sunshine. The revamped, cliff-top La Réserve is full of patriotic local colour – and don't miss the chef's l'oeuf piperade
It has been a black week for Nicolas Sarkozy. At a pivotal time in the presidential election campaign, he has suffered what one French newspaper described as “une semaine horribilis”.
The England caretaker's new broom will usher out big names today and fast-track youngsters. By Chris Hewett
Caretaker coach to put faith in fresh group of youngsters when he reveals his squad for the Six Nations today
Benetton Treviso made Pool Five of the Heineken Cup, the competition's obligatory pool of death, a little deadlier still – if that is possible – by beating Biarritz 30-26 in the Veneto yesterday.
Imanol Harinordoquy, the exceptional No 8 who did more than anyone to drive France towards October's World Cup final in Auckland, may be the proudest Basque ever to play international rugby – a pride that has been known to manifest itself in a fierce dislike of the opposition, even if they happen to be Basques themselves. Anyone wondering where he gets it from has no need to wonder further. Blame the parents – or at least, M Harinordoquy Snr.
The Basque separatists want a new political life – but so far their electoral ambitions have been thwarted. Dale Fuchs reports
Italy's Francesco Gavazzi was declared the winner of the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country yesterday after Spain's Oscar Freire was relegated from first place.
Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez defied intense heat to clinch the toughest stage of the Tour of the Basque Country for the second year running in Eibar, Spain, yesterday.
But Spanish politicians say announcement is heavy on rhetoric and flimsy on details