New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen celebrates victory against France. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

The All Blacks may have produced the best performance of the World Cup so far but this was not enjoyable to watch. This was a humiliation for France,(...)

France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud:  Inevitably, I am very disappointed. There are plenty of things I’ve done wrong. I had a bad game. I am not ashamed in admitting it. 1:02

The headline in French sports bible L’Equipe proclaimed ‘The Blues Not Up to Standard,’ as they reflected on Ireland’s 24-9 at the Millennium stadium (...)

 Peter O’Mahony receives treatment  at the Millennium Stadium. 3:50

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with knee ligament damage as Ireland continue to count the cost of yesterday’s bruis(...)

Irish and French fans  ahead of  the Pool D clash at  the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP

The following took place between the hours of lunchtime and bedtime on Sunday, October 11th 2015. It is being documented here based on two assumpti(...)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien gave a wonderfully bullish performance against France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leaders fall and others instantly rise up. Three, possibly four men lost, the Millennium became Seán O’Brien’s field, while Rory Best was only phenome(...)

Ireland coach joe Schmidt is expecting a combative encounter against France on Sunday. Photograph: Afp

This Gallic-Irish showdown has always been highlighted as the potentially defining game of both countries in this World Cup. Now it has suddenly loome(...)

Ireland winger  Tommy Bowe scores a try against France in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

2012 Six Nations Championship France 17 Ireland 17, Stade de France This was the first draw between the sides since 1985 and represented (...)

Wesley Fofana scores the first try for France during the Rugby World Cup Pool D encounter at stadium MK in Milton Keynes. Photograph:  Eddie Keogh/Reuters/Livepic

France 41 Canada 18 Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have appreciated the discomfort that Canada inflicted on their vaunted opponents for three quarters(...)

Coach Philippe Saint André has entrusted the running of the game to Freddie Michalak (above), a player who exemplifies the team: gifted but flawed. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France’s Rugby World Cup history suggests they traditionally find solace in a modicum of discontent. They sweat the small stuff, so a parking ticket (...)

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 (...)