Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip is included on the EPCR longlist along with teammate Ian Madigan.

Jamie Heaslip and Ian Madigan have been included among the initial 15 nominees for the European Player of the Year after the conclusion of the group s(...)

Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci has been picked in France’s preliminary Six Nations squad. (Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Uncapped Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci saw the World Cup door swing invitingly open on Thursday as Philippe Saint-Andre beckoned him into the(...)

Coach Joe Schmidt and captain Paul O’Connell with the  6 Nations trophy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Predictably, the 2014 Six Nations probably did not scale the skilful heights of the Rugby Championship last year and particularly the Johannesb(...)

Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll  after winning the Six Nations title on his last outing in an Ireland jersey. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Brian O’Driscoll couldn’t help poking a bit of fun at himself as he sat among the media in the aftermath of Ireland’s famous win over France at(...)

Young French  centre Gael Fickou will line out opposite Brian O’Driscoll  at Stade de France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-André was in good spirits yesterday as he announced his team to face Ireland but one remark about needing to be cau(...)

France’s  Louis Picamoles applauds referee Alain Rolland after the Irish referee showed him a yellow card in the game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

France coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday evening’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Paris. T(...)

Outhalf  Jules Plisson will start his fourth straight game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre has made seven changes to the team that put in a dismal display against Wales as Les Bleus seek to put thei(...)

Stade Francais’ Hugo Bonneval will make his France debut on the left wing against Italy in Paris on Sunday.   Photograph:  Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais back Hugo Bonneval will make his international debut when France host Italy in the Six Nations on Sunday as coach Philippe Saint-Andre (...)

Castres’ outhalf Remi Tales will start against the All Blacks.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a gamble in his team selection for Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks, picking the inexperienced outhalf(...)

 Racing’s  Jonathan Sexton prepares to kick at goal watched by Ronan O’Gara during Saturday’s match against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Outhalves Rhys Priestland and Johnny Sexton kicked 16 points apiece as Scarlets and Racing Metro shared the spoils in their Heineken Cup Pool 4 clash (...)