France’s prop Uini Atonio: “I was like ‘I would love to play for France’, but it was never in my mind.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

Most biographies of Uini Atonio say his official weight is 155kg, or 24st 6lbs. According to French sources, that was his weight when he pitched up wi(...)

France have vowed to hunt down Johnny Sexton in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Afp

The pre-match psychological warfare in advance of Sunday’s Pool D showdown was ratcheted up a notch or two yesterday, with plenty of musings from Raci(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud, who looks leaner and fitter, in action against Canada at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes. Photograph: Reuters

A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire. Roughly translated: To win without peril (is) to triumph without glory. There was a time when French(...)

 Wesley Fofana  runs with a ball next to captain Thierry Dusautoir during a France training session at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes. Photograph: Getty

POOL D: France v Canada, Milton Keynes, 8.0 (Live on TV3, ITV) French coach Philippe Saint-André has put out the nucleus of the team that will (...)

Remy Grosso will make his France Test debut against Canada. Photograph: Afp

France have opted to rest number eight Louis Picamoles and will give wing Remy Grosso his first Rugby World Cup start in the Pool D match against Cana(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

Television cameras showed France coach Philippe Saint-Andre reading the riot act to his players after a scrappy first half display against Romania on Wednesday night. Photograph: PA

France winger Noa Nakaitaci admits head coach Philippe Saint-André was right to give the team a dressing-down after their limp first-half display agai(...)

France’s Yoann Huget  is comforted by team-mates after sustaining a cruciate injury to his right knee during the Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Italy at Twickenham. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

France suffered a first setback in their Rugby World Cup campaign when wing Yoann Huget was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury on Sunday. (...)

France’s prop Rabah Slimani (C) rides a tackle from Italy’s back row Samuela Vunisa (2L) to score France’s first try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Italy at Twickenham stadium. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France 32 - 10 Italy It was all blue, more French blue than Italian blue, in Twickenham on Saturday night in Pool D. But it was hardly a spectacle of (...)

Seán O’Brien wants to make the most of his second Rugby World Cup campaign. Photograph: Inpho

Seán O’Brien is one of the 14 survivors from the last World Cup. Given that he was such a weapon in that tournament – Shaun Edwards and Wales deducing(...)