Nathan Charles  scuffles with France’s Frederic Michalak during final minutes of their second test in Melbourne. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Australia prevailed 6-0 over France in a dour, try-less contest on Saturday to seal the three-test series 2-0 and leave a subdued Melbourne crowd cold(...)

Australia’s Nick Cummins  scores a try against France  at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Jason O’Brien / Reuters

Australia 50 France 23Australia scythed through a porous French defence to score seven tries and a 50-23 victory over the visitors in their first test(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana scores his  try against Leicester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 22 Leicester 16 Leicester were knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-fina(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll who received a cap for his world record of 140 caps at the IRFU dinner after the match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:39

Now the maths look fairly straightforward. Unless England beat Italy by 50 points or more in Rome in the first of next Saturday’s triple header(...)

Morgan Parra in action for France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been ruled out of next week’s Six Nations clash in Scotland after the French League (LNR) suspend(...)

Clermont’s French scrum-half Morgan Parra (R) leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the French Top 14 game against Montpellier. Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty

RTÉ Two are unable to provide live coverage of the Ireland women’s historic first game at the Aviva stadium against Italy on Saturday(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

In the months leading up to the beginning of a Six Nations championship, there is a mass of research, planning and preparation undertaken by every hea(...)

Toulouse’s Thierry Dusautoir in action against Zebre where he ruptured a biceps tendon.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir and winger Sofiane Guitoune have both been ruled out of the Six Nations championship after sustaining serious injurie(...)

Philippe Saint-Andre:  “They are lusty fellows, they are up for a fight, very strong in the one-to-one situations so we tried to mix pace and power.”

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre resisted any temptation to make wholesale changes to the side who lost to New Zealand when he named his team to fa(...)