Thierry Dusautoir returns from injury to lead France into the World Cup. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

France v Scotland Stade de France Saturday, 8pm (BT Sport 1) Under the lights in Paris on Saturday night two flankers will be centres of at(...)

Frederic Michalak in action for France against England at Stade de France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-André has omitted outhalf Francois Trinh-Duc from his 31-man World Cup squad in favour of Frederic Michalak. Saint-Andre (...)

Frederic Michalak’s resurgence has seen him earn a place in France’s Rygby World Cup squad with Francois Trinh-Duc missing out. Photograph: Getty

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre left out flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc from his 31-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday, in favour of Frederic Micha(...)

 Luther Burrell: resumes his Six Nations partnership with Jonathan Joseph for the trip to Stade de France.   Photograph: to by David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Catt has urged Luther Burrell to solve England’s World Cup “centre dilemma” when England face France in Paris today. The midfield is proving the(...)

Louis Picamoles  makes a break during the  match between England and France at Twickenham on Saturday. The big-carrying Toulouse number eight was France’s standout player. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The most interesting and revealing case study in these warm-up games from an Irish perspective are undoubtedly France. Ireland’s final pool game again(...)

Toulouse coach Guy Noves will take over from  Philippe Saint-Andre as France coach  after the World Cup. Photo:  Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

Toulouse coach Guy Noves will take over as France head coach after this year’s World Cup, attempting to give back Les Bleus some of the grace they ha(...)

Former England coach Clive Woodward could be in line for the France job. Photo: Lee Besford/Reuters

Clive Woodward wants to replace Philippe Saint-Andre as head coach of France, according to reports in the French press.French newspaper L’Equipe has r(...)

Paul O’Connell battling for possession during his final outing for Munster in the PRO12 final defeat to Glasgow at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Paul O’Connell riding off into Cote d’Azur sunset a year on from Ronan O’Gara retiring to Paris, things may never quite seem the same again, but (...)

Toulon’s Ali Williams dives to score a try against Wasps in their  European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final at Stade Flix Mayol, Toulon. Photograph: Inpho

Leigh Halfpenny Age: 26 Height: 1.78m/5ft 10in Weight: 85kg/13st 5lb Positionally excellent and the best goal kicker in the world but Delo(...)

France’s Jules Plisson will start against England. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations showdown against England with Jules Plis(...)