Sport Toby Flood has admitted it was 'a very tough decision' to leave Leicester for a French club

Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club

Ruan Pienaar demonstrated all-court brilliance against the Leicester team

Leicester Tigers 19 Ulster 22 match report: Ruan Pienaar piles on pain for wounded Tigers

Scrum-half claims all Ulster’s points as Leicester are left facing tough trip

Richard Cockerill has praised his Leicester Tigers squad for showing a 'cussedness' in the Heineken Cup

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill praises 'cussed' players for Heineken Cup qualification

Tigers face a final showdown with Ulster in Saturday with both teams vying for a home quarter-final having already qualified for the last eight

Clermont Auvergne winger Napolioni Nalaga scores in the win over Llanelli Scarlets

Llanelli Scarlets 13 Clermont Auvergne 31 match report: Lightning strike as Nalaga storms Scarlets’ citadel

Clermont remain on course for a home quarter-final with another two tries from Nalaga leading the way

Brian O’Driscoll, a rugby genius in his final season

Heineken Cup: Brian O’Driscoll prolongs Northampton Saints’ home agony

Anyone who had not seen Northampton’s humbling  40-7 defeat by Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens coming may have forgotten the Saints’ series of home losses to Saracens, Ulster, Harlequins, Gloucester and Leicester last season. Or Leinster’s many wondrous performances in the Heineken Cup – three-time winners since 2009, even if last season they dropped a level to winning the Amlin Challenge Cup. The boys in blue did to Northampton on Saturday what they did to them in the famous second half of the 2011 Heineken final.

Scarlets’ Rhodri Williams dives in to score the first try on Saturday

Heineken Cup: Harlequins face stiff French test of credentials after being left red-faced by Scarlets

Harlequins’ doomed attempt to play fast and loose against a Scarlets team that knows no other way – “we will never change,” said the Welsh region’s manager and former Wales wing Garan Evans, as he boarded a bus emblazoned with a rampant dragon for a happy journey back down the M4 – leaves them contemplating more of the same pain this weekend, away to Clermont Auvergne in the second round of Heineken Cup pool matches.

Grieg Laidlaw of Edinburgh celebrates after they defeat two-time Heineken Cup winners Munster

Edinburgh 29 Munster 23 match report: Late Tim Visser try stuns two-time European champions

Casey Laulala and Mike Sherry had cancelled out Matt Scott's opener for the Scots, who record their first Heineken Cup victory in 18 months

Pubs and restaurants drop prices in tax protest

Prices at 15,000 establishments across the country fall by 7.5 per for one day

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A view of Elland Road

Leeds deny plans to ban alcohol at Elland Road

Claims that ban would be introduced to reflect beliefs of Muslim owners rubbished by Championship side

Running out of fizz: sales drop at Heineken and Carlsberg

Heineken and Carlsberg reported a fall in beer sales as European drinkers were hit by bad weather, tax hikes and continued austerity.

Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute

Aviva Premiership round-up: Exeter win seals place in top six

Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute to clinch a remarkable 40-39 victory for Exeter against Gloucester in front of a full house at Sandy Park.

Patched-up Paul O'Connell's nervy wait for Lions Tour call

Clermont Auvergne 16 Munster 10: Munster colossus hopes watching Gatland saw enough despite semi-final cup defeat

Munster celebrate during their victory over Quins

Harlequins to investigate ticket sales after Munster supporters 'exceed' allocation

It is claimed 'many' Quins supporters sold on their tickets for the Heineken Cup quarter-final

There is due to be 40,000 spectators at Twickenham tonight to watch Owen Farrell (right) in action for Saracens

Heineken Cup weekend preview: Owen Farrell ready to rock out at Twickenham

A few short weeks ago, when Saracens secured home advantage in the last eight of the Heineken Cup, their England wing Chris Ashton was still being talked of as a hot contender for this summer’s Lions series in Australia.

Pub debut for Foster's Gold

One of the major success stories of the supermarket lager market will be hitting the chiller cabinets of more than 2,000 pubs across the country.

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