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(...)

Peter O’Mahony: returns after injury to captain Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Toulouse v Munster Thomond Park, 1.30, Live Sky Sports 2 Munster and Toulouse share a lavish history in the Heineken Cup; four homilies to s(...)

Toulouse secondrow Joe Tekori can prove a handful for Munster defenders on Saturday. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP.

Any team that can put 28 points on Toulon in the Stade Vélodrome is worthy of respect. But then this is Toulouse we’re talking about, who’ve ra(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens could face Ulster this weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulouse prop Census Johnston has been ruled out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park (1.30pm) on Saturday. (...)

Munster coach Rob Penney: “The momentum can shift on a couple of calls and in those tight game they do.” Photograph: Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney delivered a scathing rebuke yesterday of Northern Hemisphere refereeing, with a particular emphasis on the Scottish and It(...)