Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien rises high to collect Rory Best’s lineout delivery during yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France, which will be a 79,000 sell-out for the teams’ Six Nations clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) good tries last week, including one from a tap penalty. Even so, the World Cup showed he is working(...)

Joe Schmidt with Philippe Saint-André and Serge Blanco ahead of Ireland’s clash with France at the World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France pitch. On the evidence of a World Cup just past, and logic derived from seeing passive French(...)

Black Hercules with Patrick Mullins and trainer Willie Mullins at Cheltenham. The novice will be in action in the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

(...) that amateur contest. This Sunday’s race, named after the 1975 Gold Cup hero, is one of a trio of(...)

A half century from Chris Morris gave South Africa a thrilling victory over England in the fourth ODI. Photograph: AFP

(...) last year’s World Cup, almost immediately had Amla edging on to his stumps in defence. Quinton de Kock(...)

Europol chief says reason for seeking accounts was pursuit of witnesses, who could say something about what was going on

(...) does and for recruiting. It might piggy back on events such as the world cup, he said. Providers(...)

Former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned for 12 years. Photograph: AP

(...) including his part in a World Cup tickets scandal and using a private jet for personal reasons. The(...)

 Italy’s Sergio Parisse scores a try during against France. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

France than most expected given the injury disruption they have wrestled with since the World Cup. With(...)

Kathy Etchingham: Former girlfriend of US guitarist Jimi Hendrix sits in the flat she once share with him in London. Photograph: EPA

(...) every morning and liked nothing better than watching Coronation Street and drinking a nice cup of tea(...)

France’s  head coach Guy Noves “In modern rugby, there is no starter or replacements. It’s more of a relay. It’s not a sanction.”  Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

(...) survive from the World Cup pool meeting. The average age of the starting team is 25.9 years; the average(...)

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...)-quality encounter, as Ireland’s world coach of the year Ned Craig Fulton looked on. Monkstown remain in second(...)