Jamie Heaslip: recovered from the three cracked vertebrae caused by Pascal Pape’s knee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 3:49

The ennui around Carton House gets lifted by Jamie Heaslip’s print media dance. The 31-year-old brings the engaging, cheery side of his personality in(...)

Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland versus Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

English referee Wayne Barnes has been appointed to take charge of the key RBS Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff on March 14th.Bar(...)

France’s Pascal Pape is shown a yellow card during their Six Nations rugby union match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin last month. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Inpho

Pascal Pape’s RBS Six Nations career has ended in acrimony after the France lock lost his appeal against a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Hea(...)

France lock Pascal Pape has appealed against his 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France lock Pascal Pape has appealed against his 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back, claiming the suspension “was excessive a(...)

Jordi Murphy comes in to replace Jamie Heaslip for Sunday’s Six Nations fixture against England. Photograph: INPHO 4:18

Ireland must be a three-dimensional team to defeat England, said Joe Schmidt, as he contested the assertion that his game plan is “boring, one dimensi(...)

France’s lock Sebastien Vahaamahina (L) and France’s outside centre Mathieu Bastareaud arrive for a training session in Marcoussis. Bastareaud has been dropped to the bench to face Wales. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has relegated powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud to the bench for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash against Wales in(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

 France’s Pascal Pape   receives a yellow card from  referee Wayne Barnes  during the  Six Nations match against  Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

French lock Pascal Pape has been handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadiu(...)

Pascal Pape (No 4) of France receives a yellow card from  referee Wayne Barnes for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match  at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

France must sweat still further on Pascal Pape’s Six Nations campaign after his disciplinary case over kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back was adjourne(...)