Ireland secondrow Devin Toner pictured at  Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Devin Toner has defended Ireland’s props saying the locks and backrow were as much to blame for the Irish scum being crushed in the second half of the(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney stretches away from France’s Alexandre Flanquart. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Schmidt has only presided over three defeats in a dozen Six Nations games, each by margins of three, seven and one, in Twickenhan, Cardiff and Par(...)

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

This will not exactly be Paris in springtime. The forecast is for a cold, windy and very wet day; more Irish-type conditions than French, and more lik(...)

Loosehead prop Jefferson Poirot will make his first start for France in Saturday’s Six Nations game against Ireland at Stade de France. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France will blast Ireland with the “double hit” of new props Jefferson Poirot and Uinio Atonio in Saturday’s Six Nations battle in Paris, according to(...)

Wexford native Tadhg Furlong has won all his four Ireland caps from the replacements bench. Photograph: AFP.

The likelihood is that Tadhg Furlong will win his fifth cap on Saturday in Paris and, like his previous four, it will be off the bench. His fourth, l(...)

France’s centre Jonathan Danty (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis Photograph: AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France 23 Italy 21 New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as France came from eight points behind to beat Italy 23-21 in the open(...)

Virimi Vakatawa will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Photograph: Getty Images

New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their op(...)

Racing’s players congratulate their captain Dimitri Szarzewski after he scored a try  during the Champions Cup  match against  Glasgow Warriors  at Yves du Manoir. Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

Racing 34 Glasgow Warriors 10 Dan Carter kicked 12 points as Racing 92 maintained their unbeaten run in the Champions Cup against Glasgow Warriors. (...)

France’s Morgan Parra and Brice Dulin try to halt New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Richie McCaw turns and leads with a glance. The other unsmiling giants immediately know the command is rapidity. Seven disciples, led by Kieran Read, (...)

France’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Yoann Maestri bring Ireland hooker Rory Best crashing to the Millennium Stadium turf. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The risk is to list out all 23 Irish players and wax lyrical about their extraordinary performance. What harm? They were extraordinary and so too were(...)