France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud and outhalf Frederic Michalak take part in a training session in Marcoussis. Photograph: Getty Images

France have selected first-choice centre pairing Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against England in Paris.(...)

Steffon Armitage was the difference really. At least three textbook turnovers killed Leinster momentum.

Rob Kearney 7/10Three superb acts of high fielding gave Leinster the briefest glimpses of front foot ball but his long, long range drop goal with seco(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Toulon outhalf Jonny Wilkinson: doubt against Munster with hamstring injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon warmed up for their meeting with Munster on Sunday by pushing Perpignan on towards the verge of relega(...)

 Toulon outhalf Frederic Michalak:  “They are awesome, a team that contains 20 players, including (Brian) O’Driscoll who helped Ireland win the Six Nations.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt O’Connor won’t publicly reveal his hand for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30, Irish time) unt(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan kicks his side’s opening penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Either Brian O’Driscoll or Jonny Wilkinson will depart the European scene at the Stade Félix Mayol next Sunday(...)

Ireland's Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty

The final whistle was greeted by an anguished groan that emanated from the bowels of a saturated Aviva stadium. It was a deeply unsatisfactory (...)