France’s Hugo Bonneval scores a debut try against Italy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

France 30 Italy 10Eight days after edging past England in their Six Nations opener, France made it two from two at the Stade de France as they scored (...)

Ulster’s Michael Allen is tackled by Gonzalo Garcia and Roberto Quartaroli of Zebre during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game at Stadio XXV Aprile. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Zebre 11 Ulster 19: Paddy Jackson kicked 14 points and played a part in Darren Cave’s try as Ulster beat Zebre at the Stadio XXV Aprile and move into (...)

 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Kameli Ratuvou of Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 25 Zebre 16: Pat Lam’s stewardship of Connacht began on a positive note as they swept Zebre aside for an opening RaboDirect PRO12 win at the(...)

Ireland’s Brian O'Driscoll sits on the sideline after being sin-binned in the first half of the game against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland succumbed to a first defeat to Italy in the Six Nations after an indisciplined afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico when the injury jinx th(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

Castrogiovanni, whose mooted move from Leicester Tigers to Toulon has seemingly fallen through, was forced off in the first half at Twic(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

As anticipated, Jacques Brunel has decided not to risk Italy ’s iconic and talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni or flanker Robert Barbieri, al(...)

Jonathan Sexton in action during Ireland training at Carton House. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

More than a little battered and careworn, and with a dozen or so full internationals sidelined, Ireland unveil their final sel(...)