France’s substitute prop Eddy Ben Arous in actionat the Stade de France Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

15 Maxime Medard He scored the only try of the match by taking a good line off a dominant scrum and running a good angle. He didn’t have much else to(...)

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(...)

“It’s a day for boot, bite and bollock,” said Ronan O’Gara on the RTÉ panel. Photograph: Anthony Wallace /AFP/Getty Images

For youngsters, John F Kennedy is the man who promotes wind energy on the telly, but for the rest of us he’s the fella who foresaw how many would feel(...)

Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

Jonathan Secton hands off Bath’s Tom Homer at the RDS. “I’ve said it all along, from day one, I rely on everyone around me.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s been an eventful last five months in the rugby life of Jonathan Sexton. The perception of others has been to the fore when it comes to topics su(...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match as Leinster moved to the top of the Pro 12 table with a 9-22 win away at the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

Ospreys 9 Leinster 22 Jonathan Sexton was back to his imperious best as he won his personal duel with Dan Biggar to help send Leinster top of the Gui(...)

Ulster’s Jared Payne looks set to be fit for selection for the Six Nations while Iain Henderson is targeting the summer test series with South Africa. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster’s decision to register Jared Payne with EPC rugby suggests that the Ireland international could be in line to return to competitive rugby befor(...)

Jamie Heaslip at Leinster training. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

This season’s Champions Cup has been a litany of anger, frustration and disappointment, shared between Leinster’s players, coaches and supporters. In (...)

Toulon’s  centres Ma’a Nonu and Mathieu Bastareaud. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/Getty Images

The Toulon players understand that the job is only half done following Sunday’s victory and given that they now face Leinster at the Aviva Stadium th(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in action against Treviso on Sunday. Photograph: Maurilio Boldrini/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 3 Leinster 27 The imperfections of performance will be softened slightly by the fact that Leinster returned home from Italy with a b(...)