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 (...)

Clermont’s players after the European Champions Cup rugby union match against Begles-Bordeaux over the weekend. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images

One hundred and eight years ago a 19-year-old Wisconsin kid named Fred Merkle stood on first base for the New York Giants. Neck and neck in a National(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

The IRFU will issue a statement today with an update on Johnny Sexton’s well-being after his latest bout of concussion forced him out of Leinster’s re(...)

Exeter Chiefs are through to the Champions Cup quarter-finals after a sensational set of results in Pool Two. Photograph: Inpho

Exeter coach Rob Baxter was left to reflect on “an incredible finale” after his team secured an unlikely place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals aft(...)

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 (...)

Scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s dynamic contributions have enabled New Zealand to play with the fast tempo that has become their hallmark. Photograph:   Phil Walter/Getty Images

Go through the history of the Rugby World Cup and aside from having a celebrated number 10, the eventual champions invariably have the world’s best(...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

French newspaper L’Obs Sport have reported the France squad have rebelled against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France’s rugby players are reported to have staged a “discreet” rebellion against their coach, Philippe Saint-André, less than 48 hours before Les Ble(...)

 Peter O’Mahony receives treatment  at the Millennium Stadium.

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with knee ligament damage as Ireland continue to count the cost of yesterday’s bruis(...)