Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth: lack of experience at this level as well as lack of game time in the last couple of months was perhaps exposed in the Felix Mayol cauldron. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Amid the din at the Stade Felix Mayol on Sunday, and it was some din, there was the unmistakable sound of chickens coming home to roost. For ev(...)

Brian O’Driscoll during the captain’s run. “My understanding of it is that all four countries do things differently, and obviously in Ireland we’re talkers and so maybe there’ll be a need for us to tone it down a little bit.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He was in vintage form, his audience eating from the palm of his hand as he imparted considered and utterly relaxed answers to almost half an hour’s (...)