France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

France warm up for the game against Canada. “The World Cup is really something special in France.  It’s a competition that works well with the French for some reason.” Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

And so it has come to pass pretty much exactly as expected. France were long ago cast as 18/1 outsiders, incapable of finishing in the top half of the(...)

Eddie O’Sullivan: Foreign coaches tend not to flourish in French club rugby.  Photograph: Alan Betson

News of Eddie O’Sullivan’s apparent dismissal as head coach of Biarritz Olympique will have understandably disappointed the many pundits, coaches a(...)

Aurillac head coach Jeremy Davidson: “I’m looking forward to seeing him [Eddie O’Sullivan]. I left him a message when he was appointed to wish him all the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

French club rugby is not noted for the presence of non-French coaches, yet while Bernard Jackman coaches Grenoble in the Top 14, this weekend’s openin(...)

Former Ireland head coach  Eddie O’Sullivan faces a daunting task at turning fortunes around at Biarritz.

Without a head coaching job in rugby since leaving the USA Eagles after the 2011 World Cup, it became increasingly evident that Eddie O’Sullivan would(...)

Mourad Boudjellal: “I did not agree with all his decisions [in the quarter-final against Leinster] and felt he was a bit biased.”

Referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of the Heineken Cup semi-final between Toulon and Munster in Marseille on Sunday week, less than a month(...)

Mike Phillips: Warren Gatland described the scrumhalf as “probably the most cocky, confident rugby player I have ever met in my life”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s happening again already. Mike Phillips is one of those players that, whether in his former days with the Ospreys, or Wales, you’d readily disl(...)

Barbarians captain Sergio Parisse during a training session in Hong Kong for the game against the Lions on Saturday.  Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

He may not be the tour captain this time around, but four years on from leading the 2009 Lions in South Africa, and five months on from ruling himself(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip makes a break against Biarritz during the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final at the RDS on Saturday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 44 Biarritz 16: All Leinster’s Lions contenders enhanced their credentia(...)

Jamie Heaslip is the leading ball carrier in European rugby with 95 carries.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The season of wounded soldiers continues. Both suffering from dodgy calves, an awfully annoying injury to remedy, the absence of Seán O’Brien an(...)