Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien rises high to collect Rory Best’s lineout delivery during yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France, which will be a 79,000 sell-out for the teams’ Six Nations clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This will not exactly be Paris in springtime. The forecast is for a cold, windy and very wet day; more Irish-type conditions than French, and more lik(...)

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(...)

 Guy Noves has promised a return to traditional French running rugby.

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Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado (right) will lead a new-look French squad in the Six Nations. Photpograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Mathieu Bastareaud was left out of the France squad for the Six Nations on Tuesday when new manager Guy Noves named 31 players and promised a new era (...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: aware of the formidable record Toulouse hold at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Ospreys outhalf  Dan Biggar kicked 17 points against Treviso  at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Racing Metro outhalf Jonathan Sexton passes the ball  during the Top 14 quarter-final match against Toulouse at   Stade Ernest Wallon  in Toulouse. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

Toulouse 16 Racing Metro 21: Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton kicked Racing Metro to a famous victory over Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon as he la(...)

In years to come, they may yet refer to Saturday’s game at the Stade de France as the Battle of Saint-Denis. (...)

France’s  Louis Picamoles applauds referee Alain Rolland after the Irish referee showed him a yellow card in the game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

France coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday evening’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Paris. T(...)

France’s Yoann Huget goes over for his try in the Six Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scotland 17 France 19: Scotland suffered last-gasp heartache as France snatched a(...)