Wesley Fofana  runs with a ball next to captain Thierry Dusautoir during a France training session at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes. Photograph: Getty

POOL D: France v Canada, Milton Keynes, 8.0 (Live on TV3, ITV) French coach Philippe Saint-André has put out the nucleus of the team that will (...)

Remy Grosso will make his France Test debut against Canada. Photograph: Afp

France have opted to rest number eight Louis Picamoles and will give wing Remy Grosso his first Rugby World Cup start in the Pool D match against Cana(...)

France centre Wesley Fofana during a team training session at the Olympic Stadium in London on  the eve of their  World Cup match against Romania. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

A team that shows 13 changes from the side that beat Italy and the youngest in age terms for eight years to represent France also contains one other (...)

France’s prop Rabah Slimani (C) rides a tackle from Italy’s back row Samuela Vunisa (2L) to score France’s first try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Italy at Twickenham stadium. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France 32 - 10 Italy It was all blue, more French blue than Italian blue, in Twickenham on Saturday night in Pool D. But it was hardly a spectacle of (...)

 Luther Burrell: resumes his Six Nations partnership with Jonathan Joseph for the trip to Stade de France.   Photograph: to by David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Catt has urged Luther Burrell to solve England’s World Cup “centre dilemma” when England face France in Paris today. The midfield is proving the(...)

France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud and outhalf Frederic Michalak take part in a training session in Marcoussis. Photograph: Getty Images

France have selected first-choice centre pairing Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against England in Paris.(...)

Seán O’Brien says Ireland’s World Cup camp is more intense than it was during the Six Nations. Photograph: Inpho

The suggestion of lazy summer days and Seán O’Brien shoots a glance across the room. “A day off, not a week,” he says, quickly crushing thoughts of re(...)

Louis Picamoles  makes a break during the  match between England and France at Twickenham on Saturday. The big-carrying Toulouse number eight was France’s standout player. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The most interesting and revealing case study in these warm-up games from an Irish perspective are undoubtedly France. Ireland’s final pool game again(...)

Ryan Grant joins the Scotland in training camp today. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Glasgow prop Ryan Grant has been recalled to Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations squad after being acquitted of an assault charge. The former British and Irish L(...)

Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci has been picked in France’s preliminary Six Nations squad. (Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Uncapped Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci saw the World Cup door swing invitingly open on Thursday as Philippe Saint-Andre beckoned him into the(...)