Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw celebrate Scotland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 29 France 19 Now we can say at last that Scotland are starting to make progress. Not more than one step, but progress nevertheless. After th(...)

Josh Strauss replaces Ryan Wilson at number eight in the Scotland team. Photograph: Getty Images

SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Scotland v France Murrayfield, Sunday, 3.0pm RTÉ 2, BBC 1 Vern Cotter hopes to nullify France’s muscular threat after r(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt:   was without  three front-line props,  Iain Henderson,  Peter O’Mahony, Luke Fitzgerald,  Tommy Bowe, Keith  Earls and Simon Zebo. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Most coaches are perfectionists, even though they well realise the perfect performance is beyond any team they will ever oversee. More often than not,(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ian Madigan: “I’ll weigh up the pros and cons of staying here, the pros and cons of going elsewhere, the ambitions of the other clubs.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ian Madigan’s rugby future could be in France if he decides to turn down a contract extension with Leinster. The 26-year-old is being pursued by Frenc(...)

It’s no fun having to tackle someone like Mathieu Bastareaud if he gets a 10-yard run on you. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every World Cup has its own personality, a style of play that evolves the game of rugby. This year will be no different. We have already seen most of (...)

Frederic Michalak in action for France against England at Stade de France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-André has omitted outhalf Francois Trinh-Duc from his 31-man World Cup squad in favour of Frederic Michalak. Saint-Andre (...)

Frederic Michalak’s resurgence has seen him earn a place in France’s Rygby World Cup squad with Francois Trinh-Duc missing out. Photograph: Getty

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre left out flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc from his 31-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday, in favour of Frederic Micha(...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

No less than having the offices in Dublin, there’s little doubt that five Irish Heineken Cup wins in a seven-year period (2006 to 2012) did not go (...)