Racing 92 outhalf Dan Carter is tackled by Leicester’s Harry Thacker during the   Champions Cup semi-final at the City Ground in Nottingham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leicester 16 Racing 92 19 Dan Carter moved one step closer to completing the clean sweep of world rugby’s premier trophies, booting Racing 92 into th(...)

Bernard Le Roux and Dan Carter embrace after Racing 92’s win over Toulon. Photograph: AFP

Racing 92 19 Toulon 16 Toulon’s three season reign as the champions of Europe is over after they were beaten in their Champions Cup quarter-final by (...)

England players Ben Youngs and Mike Brown jump for joy after England completed the Grand Slam with victory over France in Paris. Photograph:   Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France 21 England 31 England seized their first Grand Slam since 2003 with a tense 31-21 victory over France in Paris to complete a triumphant debut (...)

Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien rises high to collect Rory Best’s lineout delivery during yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France, which will be a 79,000 sell-out for the teams’ Six Nations clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This will not exactly be Paris in springtime. The forecast is for a cold, windy and very wet day; more Irish-type conditions than French, and more lik(...)

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 (...)

Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado (right) will lead a new-look French squad in the Six Nations. Photpograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Mathieu Bastareaud was left out of the France squad for the Six Nations on Tuesday when new manager Guy Noves named 31 players and promised a new era (...)

 Marcelo Bosch of Saracens kicks the winning penalty during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final against Racing Metro 92  at Stade Yves Du Manoir  in Paris. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Racing Metro 11 Saracens 12Sporting history is not littered with too many examples of English teams being saved from oblivion by the boot of an Argent(...)

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. (...)