Aurelien Rougerie of ASM Clermont Auvergne was among three France internationals violently attacked  with ‘knives, machetes and sabres’.  Photograph:   Harry Engels/Getty Images

French rugby is in shock after it emerged three Clermont Auvergne players were hospitalised following an attack by a gang armed with “bladed weapon(...)

Ireland’s Marie Louise Reilly: expects a tough test  against a powerful American team in today’s opening World Cup game.

Standing at 6ft 3ins, Marie Louise Reilly cuts an imposing figure. At the French rugby headquarters in Marcoussis yesterday, she was also a relaxed on(...)

Toulon outhalf Jonny Wilkinson: doubt against Munster with hamstring injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon warmed up for their meeting with Munster on Sunday by pushing Perpignan on towards the verge of relega(...)

Ireland and Racing-Metro outhalf Jonathan Sexton (left) puts in a tackle on Perpignan hooker Maxime Delonca in the Top 14 game at  Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

A month and five games into a long, hard season, Jonathan Sexton appears to be finding his feet in French rugby. The Irish outhalf put in a strong dis(...)

Racing-Metro’s outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action at the   Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes against  Perpignan. Photograph: Getty

Jonathan Sexton rounded off his first month in the French Top 14 by playing a key part in Racing Metro’s 19-16 win over Perpignan in Paris yesterday. (...)

Driven on by Vern Cotter’s steely focus, Clermont  have crushed all before them in Europe this season. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

After being part of the 59th team in a row to leave the Stade Marcel-Michelin battered, bruised and beaten, a subdued Thierry Dusautoir said th(...)