Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth: lack of experience at this level as well as lack of game time in the last couple of months was perhaps exposed in the Felix Mayol cauldron. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Amid the din at the Stade Felix Mayol on Sunday, and it was some din, there was the unmistakable sound of chickens coming home to roost. For ev(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll is tackled by Matt Giteau during the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Toulon at the Felix Mayol Stadium, Toulon. Photograph: Getty Images

The half-time scoreline lied but the final scoreline tells no lies. Leinster were well beaten and could have no c(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton goes past the massive figure of Mathieu Bastareaud of France to score a try during last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship finale at the Stade de France in Paris.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having reviewed much of last weekend with Austin Savage and co I finally said goodbye to the Barnhall Basher on Sunday evening. I then headed o(...)

Outhalf Jonathan Sexton forces his way over the French try line in Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match at Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

FRANCE 20 (Tries: Dulin, Szarzewski. Cons: Machenaud 2. Pens: Machenaud 2) (...)

Winger Andrew Trimble crosses to score Ireland’s  second try during their Six Nations victory at the Stade de France, Paris, France, on Saturday evening. Photograph: PA

Success is failure turned inside out, with France’s sublime final attacking flurry worthy of winning any match. But the hunger in Ireland’s def(...)

In years to come, they may yet refer to Saturday’s game at the Stade de France as the Battle of Saint-Denis. (...)

Cian Healy's selfie of the Championship winning team after the game. He posted the picture on his twitter account @ProperChurch saying ‘Enough is enough’. Photograph: Cian Healy @ProperChurch

France 20 Ireland 22 All hail the chief. Not Brian O’Driscoll nor Paul O’Connell but Jonathan Sexton is central cog in Ireland’s success in Joe(...)

France’s Yoann Huget springs clear to score a try against Scotland at Murrayfield. France will profit if they create overlap opportunities. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Where are France tactically? A French match-day squad with six forwards and two backs on the bench are intent on a forward battle. But, they ar(...)

France’s  Louis Picamoles applauds referee Alain Rolland after the Irish referee showed him a yellow card in the game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

France coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday evening’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Paris. T(...)

French captain Pascal Pape. Photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Stade Francais fly-half Jules Plisson will make his France debut in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against England.The 22-year-old has won Les Bleu(...)

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