Ireland’s Jack McGrath in action against Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The major statistic from last week’s opening round of the Six Nations Championship is that France scored three tries. England and Italy scored two. Th(...)

Conor Murray tries  to charge down Rhys Priestland’s attempt at  a late drop goal at the Aviva Stadium.Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bruised, battered but unbeaten, the Irish squad will spend much of the next two days recovering from their exertions against Wales at the outset of a (...)

France’s centre Jonathan Danty (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis Photograph: AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France 23 Italy 21 New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as France came from eight points behind to beat Italy 23-21 in the open(...)

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(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

Wasps’  Joe Simpson celebrates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off first leg match against Stade Francais Paris at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Wasps 30Stade Français 29Wasps drew first blood in the race to complete next season’s European Champions Cup lineup when Andy Goode landed the(...)

  Les Kiss. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland must disregard France’s finely-rehearsed “dishevelled place of chaos” act to claim the RBS 6 Nations title in Paris on Saturday, accor(...)

 Sebastien Vahaamahina, in action here against Wales in Cardiff, has only ten minutes of international experience at flanker. Photograph: Inpho.

Events in Murrayfield tomorrow and Twickenham on Sunday could yet have a major bearing on whether Ireland can kee(...)

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 (...)