Louis Picamoles  makes a break during the  match between England and France at Twickenham on Saturday. The big-carrying Toulouse number eight was France’s standout player. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The most interesting and revealing case study in these warm-up games from an Irish perspective are undoubtedly France. Ireland’s final pool game again(...)

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 (...)

France’s coach Philippe Saint Andre at yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis near Paris ahead of their match against New Zealand.

Stuart Lancaster and the rest of the team building Fortress Twickenham will look to Paris this evening for a proper understanding of the task that lie(...)

Ulster’s Rory Best in action with Montpellier’s Fulgence Ouedraogo at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

MONTPELLIER 8 ULSTER 25: So, yet another momentous milestone in Ulster’s hoped for evolution towards realising their goal of reaching Europe’s summit.(...)

Ruan Pienaar’s entry for the last half hour of the win against Leicester was almost seismic.  Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

This could be the game of the weekend. Montpellier, along with Toulouse and Clermont when in the mood, are amongst the most entertaining French sides (...)