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

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Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Grenoble’s centre Chris Farrell scores during the match against Racing Métro. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty

In France’s Top 14, Grenoble continued their impressive home form with a win over Racing Métro in Stade des Alpes. The 27-25 victory handed the Irish(...)

 Pau’s new signing James Coughlan: “We both kind of said ‘if we don’t go now, we’ll never go’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The IRFU have succeeded where their Welsh, Scottish and Italian counterparts have largely failed in keeping all their front-line players at home. Even(...)

Captain Ross McCarron and Lansdowne players celebrate at the weekend.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Mike Ruddock talks about the Irish game it’s always worth listening, not only because of that engaging Welsh lilt but because, as a Grand (...)