France’s lock Sebastien Vahaamahina (L) and France’s outside centre Mathieu Bastareaud arrive for a training session in Marcoussis. Bastareaud has been dropped to the bench to face Wales. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has relegated powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud to the bench for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash against Wales in(...)

Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

England outhalf George Ford  looks to offload the ball to Jonathan Joseph during the  Six Nations match against  Wales   at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Les Kiss has warned that George Ford’s “scary relationship” with Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson could derail Ireland’s quest to retain the Six Na(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

The clash that led to Johnny Sexton and Mathieu Bastareaud ending up in the blood bin at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho. 7:17

Every time rugby is in danger of becoming too one-dimensional the game’s governing body, World Rugby (formerly IRB), have generally devised law change(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates had the character and fitness levels to withstand the charge of the French bench in the second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Great AK was right; ‘no amount of analytical physics can open a door’ but in the end energy, team spirit and tactical nous can close many a French(...)

 Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton leaves the pitch to be treated for a head injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Recognise and remove” is the tagline adopted by World Rugby in their attempt to tackle the issue of concussion. Last week there were six incidents (...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton showing the scars of battle after the game against France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inphon

Johnny Sexton, right eye almost welded shut with six stitches around the purple bubble, spoke to the print media late on Saturday night. Here’s(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows France lock Pascal Pape a yellow card after he kneed Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images 7:17

Philippe Saint-Andre has moved to defend Pascal Pape after the France lock was given a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back in Ireland(...)

Ireland’s Mike Ross holds on to the shorts of French winger Teddy Thomas to make a vital tackle during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

THE BREAKDOWNIreland were outplayed here and had to send extra numbers in to try and hang on to possession. As a result France had a numerical superio(...)