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Empress Eugénie's influence on fashion came very much from her far from ordinary  life, says Alexander Fury

Gethin Jenkins is expected to join Toulon

Gethin Jenkins set to join Welsh exodus to France

Prop Gethin Jenkins will join the Welsh player exodus to France next season.

France's Julien Malzieu runs to score a try

France beat Italy in Six Nations opener

France 30 Italy 12

Takudzwa Ngwenya dominated

Ngwenya hat-trick inspires Biarritz

Biarritz 36 Ospreys 5

Exeter facing a tall order with tough trip to France

Exeter can probably count themselves as the minnows in a strong draw for the quarter-finals of Europe's second-tier tournament, which they reached by beating Perpignan 31-14 at Sandy Park on Saturday. The Chiefs are the lowest-seeded pool winners, having come out on top of Pool Four, so their reward is a quarter-final trip to Paris to face the highest-seeded team, Stade Français. Stade beat Worcester 33-10 at home on Saturday, to win Pool One.

Paul Marshall celebrates scoring a try in Ulster's 41-7 win over Leicester last week

English clubs fear eclipse in Europe as Irish stock rises

As the Heineken Cup pool stage concludes, Chris Hewett considers why Premiership teams are struggling to reach the last eight

Saracens' Brad Barritt is stopped in his tracks by Biarritz at Vicarage Road yesterday

Barritt and Farrell put Sarries on high road

Saracens 20 Biarritz 16

The outside-half Nick Evans is back from injury for Harlequins

Fit-again imports can help Quins go from lean to mean

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West Ham's full-back Joey O'Brien is sent off at the Madejski

Round-up: Treviso muddy waters in Heineken pool of death

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.

Outside Edge: No parental control on touchy lines

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Harinordoquy's father came on to the pitch during the Basque derby

Harinordoquy's dad joins son on pitch to fight opposition

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.

Harinordoquy's father came on to the pitch during the Basque derby

Iamanol Harinordoquy's father joins son in brawl during match

Tuesday’s Basque derby was always going to be a spiky affair – Biarritz, bottom of the table and without a home win in the league this season, against the star-studded ensemble put together on the chequebook of France’s Mr Specsavers, Alain Afflelou.

Bonus in defeat is a Goode thing for Saracens

Biarritz 15 Saracens 10

Heineken Cup round-up: Humphreys try gives Ulster win over Clermont

In Pool One of the Heineken Cup, in Belfast, Ulster beat one of the more fancied French teams, Clermont Auvergne, 16-11. The fly-half Ian Humphreys scored all the province's points, including the winning try. Seru Noa Nakaitaci scored Clermont's try and David Skrela kicked two penalties. Clermont took a losing bonus point, for finishing within seven points, that will be... well, a bonus when it comes to totting up the final table.

Wales overcome mounting injury toll to hold off rusty Argentina

Wales 28 Argentina 13
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