France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

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I understand that the French rugby coach, Philippe Saint Andre and Italian -born, current Greek soccer coach Claudio Ranieri have something in comm(...)

Glasgow’s Jonny Gray wins the battle for possession with Montpellier’s Sitaleki Timani during the European Rugby Champions match at Altrad Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

POOL FOUR Montpellier 13 Glasgow 15Gregor Townsend and his Glasgow Warriors took a giant leap towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 15-13 tr(...)

Peter O’Mahony: returns after injury to captain Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Toulouse v Munster Thomond Park, 1.30, Live Sky Sports 2 Munster and Toulouse share a lavish history in the Heineken Cup; four homilies to s(...)

Matt O’Connor was yesterday adamant that Saturday’s match-winner, Brian O’Driscoll, didn’t suffer concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster and Munster emerged grateful for seemingly emerging relatively unscathed from their annual warm-up for the Heineken Cup knock-out stag(...)

  Les Kiss. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland must disregard France’s finely-rehearsed “dishevelled place of chaos” act to claim the RBS 6 Nations title in Paris on Saturday, accor(...)

Stade Francais’ Hugo Bonneval will make his France debut on the left wing against Italy in Paris on Sunday.   Photograph:  Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais back Hugo Bonneval will make his international debut when France host Italy in the Six Nations on Sunday as coach Philippe Saint-Andre (...)

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(...)

Peter Stringer of Munster dives over to score his side’s second try during the Heineken Cup final against Biarritz in 2006. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty images

Perpignan president François Rivière has written a letter of complaint to the ERC about the performance of English referee Greg Garner during his side(...)

Samoa and Toulouse forward Joe Tekori: the 122kg forward came off the better in a clash with Paul O’Connell during the Autumn Series Test last month at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

If Connacht need an idea of the type of reinforcements Toulouse can bring with them to Galway this weekend, they should ask Paul O’Connell. Not many p(...)