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.

Coach: Guy Noves After a hugely successful coaching tenure spanning 22 years, ten Top 14 championships and four Heineken Cups with Toulouse, Noves (...)

Les Kiss took over as director of rugby at Ulster after the World Cup and has brought a new intensity of play to the province. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Briefly slip back to last September at the FA national training centre deep among the pines of middle England. Before a squad meeting there grappled J(...)

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

Toulouse v Ulster, Stade Ernest Wallon, Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 1pm, Sky Sports 3 You have to believe that Italian hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini (...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Sebastien Bezy says return trip will be hard for Ulster. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

A conflux of historical precedent and statistical data illustrates the magnitude of the task facing Ulster at the Stade Earnest Wallon on Sunday. Th(...)

Winger Craig Gilroy of Ulster is over the disappointment of being left out of the Ireland squad for the World Cup.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

European Champions Cup: Ulster v Toulouse, Ravenhill, Friday 7:45pm (BT Sport) Jeux de mains, jeux de Toulousains is emblazoned on official merchan(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: It’s getting tougher with English clubs getting salary cap rises. It’s going to be like a shark pool for talent so we want to have an environment that people want to stay in.” Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, just his second day in the job and he still can’t shake off Argentina. As he adjusts from life at international level and the World Cup vall(...)

In action for his current club Toulouse, France’s Louis Picamoles. Photograph: Getty Images

France’s number eight Louis Picamoles has revealed that he will join Northampton next season, when his contract with Toulouse expires. Picamoles, 29, (...)

France’s Morgan Parra and Brice Dulin try to halt New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Richie McCaw turns and leads with a glance. The other unsmiling giants immediately know the command is rapidity. Seven disciples, led by Kieran Read, (...)

France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud:  Inevitably, I am very disappointed. There are plenty of things I’ve done wrong. I had a bad game. I am not ashamed in admitting it.

The headline in French sports bible L’Equipe proclaimed ‘The Blues Not Up to Standard,’ as they reflected on Ireland’s 24-9 at the Millennium stadium (...)