Jonny Heasley

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Benoît Paillaugue guides Montpellier to hard-fought win over Sale

• Sale 19-25 Montpellier<p>Sale succumbed to the precision kicking of Benoît Paillaugue in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals as the scrum-half guided Montpellier to a 25-19 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.<p>Danny Cipriani opened his account with a penalty before the Top 14 side scored 10 …

Rugby Union

Leicester’s Ben Youngs ranks European glory above Premiership title

• ‘That would be the one, I’m sure everyone would feel the same’ • Leicester host Stade Français in Champions Cup quarter-final on Sunday<p>Much has happened since Leicester were last champions of Europe. England have won two grand slams, a mere 13 years apart; they have become world champions, then …

European Rugby Champions Cup

Manu Tuilagi: my 15-month injury layoff felt like a prison sentence

There are some animals, particularly big cats, which always look depressed in a zoo, when they should be prowling the plains of Africa, hunting down their prey. Manu Tuilagi knows the feeling.<p>From Oct 18, 2015, when he played against Ulster, through to Jan 9, 2015, when he made his return against …

Newport Gwent Dragons’ Charlie Davies adds to Gloucester gloom

• Gloucester 21-23 Newport Gwent Dragons • Late try from driving lineout eliminates European Challenge Cup holders<p>Gloucester’s miserable season continued as Newport Gwent Dragons pulled off a shock 23-21 victory at Kingsholm in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.<p>Dragons face a huge task in …

Newport Gwent Dragons

Justin Tipuric in the frame to make Great Britain Olympic squad

Wales and British and Irish Lions flanker Justin Tipuric looks the most likely high-profile XV-a-side player to feature for the Great Britain Sevens squad in the Rio Olympics this summer.<p>Tipuric, who played one season for the Wales Sevens side in 2009/10 before earning a full XV-a-side cap in 2011 …

Stuart Lancaster: I got Sam Burgess selection wrong in hindsight

• Former England coach admits to regret over controversial World Cup choice • Lancaster wants southern hemisphere job after time out<p>Stuart Lancaster said he would not have fast-tracked Sam Burgess into England’s World Cup squad last year if he had known the player he converted into a centre would …

Rugby World Cup