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(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne  is tackled by France’s Teddy Thomas during the Six  Nations clash at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photo. Niall Carson/PA

All the talk since the weekend has been about player safety and the huge physicality and even brutality we saw on Saturday. It’s been about Johnny Sex(...)

The clash that led to Johnny Sexton and Mathieu Bastareaud ending up in the blood bin at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho. 7:17

Every time rugby is in danger of becoming too one-dimensional the game’s governing body, World Rugby (formerly IRB), have generally devised law change(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip stands for the National Anthem against France. He was substituted after 60 minutes with a back injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/ Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss Ireland’s next Six Nations Championship match against England at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday week after scans revealed that(...)