Sport Leigh Halfpenny celebrates Cardiff's Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Toulon in 2010

The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

Jonny Wilkinson delays retirement after signing new contract with Toulon

Former England fly-half extends career by at least another season

Tuilagi dives over the line for the second of his two tries

Northampton Saints 8 Leicester Tigers 36 match report: Unstoppable Manu Tuilagi leaves Saints reeling

England centre leads Leicester's rout with two tries and an assist

Philippe Saint-André is having to deal with serious issues in the French game

Import frenzy leaves Philippe Saint-André running low on true-bleus

France has 250 foreign players in its top-flight which is doing little to help the national team

Wilkinson's contract with Toulon expires at the end of the season

Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson mulls over retirement

Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will decide on his career future in February, saying he will continue playing only if he feels it will benefit his club.

Toulon batter Sale in 62-point whitewash

Toulon 62 Sale 0

Dejected Sale Sharks players facing defeat against Toulon on Saturday

Quins fly lonely flag as English clubs face more humiliation in Europe

It has not been a happy time for English clubs in Europe – in the last three Heineken Cup campaigns, the Premiership fraternity have filled only four of the 24 quarter-final places available – and if results go the wrong way this weekend, another humiliation will be on the cards.

Shark attack: The Sale wing Mark Cueto tackles Toulon’s David Smith at the Salford City Stadium

Sharks beaten but it's Toulon who lack bite

Sale Sharks 6 Toulon 17: Sale heartened by performance against big-spending Pool Six leaders

CWC in $1bn sell-off

Cable & Wireless Communications has agreed to sell assets in Monaco and a host of islands to Bahrain's state-controlled operator, Batelco, for up to $1bn (£623m).

Jonny Wilkinson inspired Toulon to their second Heineken Cup win

Jonny Wilkinson's masterclass for Toulon gives Cardiff the blues

Cardiff Blues 14 Toulon 22

Hazell alone in the dock despite French 'gouging'

Andy Hazell, the Gloucester flanker sent off for throwing a volley of punches at the Mont-de-Marsan prop Sébastien Ormaechea during a roughhouse Amlin Challenge Cup match in France five days ago, may be planning to make severe provocation the basis of his mitigation, but he will not be helped by the tournament's disciplinary machinery. Despite the Gloucester's allegations of dirty deeds by Mont-de-Marsan, no member of the home team will face a charge arising from the game.

Steffon Armitage: Drug test result of flanker was 'caused by approved painkillers'

Armitage pleads innocence after positive doping test

Steffon Armitage insists he has done nothing wrong despite the "stress" of his "abnormal" doping test result. The Toulon flanker was informed yesterday that he tested positive for the prohibited substance morphine after the Top 14 final defeat by Toulouse on 9 June.

Get me out of here: Melogy salon, French Riviera, Crete

Under £200... Forgotten about Father's Day? The Melogy salon at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London has a "Dad and Lad" package. It includes a wet shave, hair cut and gift for dad and son for £195. Redeem it anytime before 17 Dec; book by Sunday. melogy.com

Haneke wins Cannes Palme d'Or for second time

Michael Haneke today won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize for a second time with his film about love and death, “Amour.”

Dom Joly: Eurovision's host likes things puny or phoney. Perfect

I didn't watch The Eurovision Song Contest. Actually, I'm not sure I've ever seen it, but I'm certain that it's not for me. For once, I agree with the government of Iran when it berated its little neighbour, Azerbaijan, for hosting this most peculiar of musical institutions. I did catch an airing of the Engelbert Humperdinck video, and that was enough to put me right off my breakfast. If the Iranians hear it, then I'm pretty sure they will invade immediately. In the subsequent interview, The Hump was being harassed by the loathsome Jedward, but he put up with them in a remarkably patient manner. As if the lobotomy twins weren't enough, The Hump was then asked to comment on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan. He played the "I'm only a lowly singer" card: he had been asked to come and sing a song and that's what he was going to do. The interviewer didn't even bother to question Jedward on their political views. As terrible as the regime's behaviour might be, I for one would turn a blind eye if Jedward were to be detained without trial for a prolonged period of time after their performance was over.

Alec Baldwin launches foul-mouthed tirade at producer Harvey Weinstein

Calling the all-powerful film mogul Harvey Weinstein a “douchbag” at a party packed with his movie peers is not a recommended formula for anyone wishing to thrive in Hollywood.

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