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(...)

Sergio Parisse, who  wins an Italian record 112th cap against France, Martin Castrogiovanni and Andrea Masi of Italy before the England match at at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy centre Andrea Masi has delivered a warning to France ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations clash between the countries in Rome. The Azzurri, fresh fro(...)

France’s scrum half Sebastien Tillous Borde is one of eigth changes to their team for Italy clash. Photogarph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre reverted to his favoured halfback pairing of Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Camille Lopez when he named them on T(...)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01:  Conor Murray of Ireland clears the ball upfield under pressure from George Kruis of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The debate continues, if not exactly rages, as to whether Ireland’s style of play will be good enough to win a World Cup. This in turn begs another qu(...)

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(...)

Morgan Parra of France cuts a dejected figure after the defeat to Wales at the Stade France at the weekend. Photograph Michael Steele/Getty Images

Problems continued to mount for the under-pressure France coach, Philippe Saint-André, after the scrum-half Morgan Parra and the centre Wesley Fofana (...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton, with his knee iced up,  celebrates with team-mate Dan Lydiate after the victory over France at the Stade de France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales are sweating on skipper Sam Warburton’s fitness after he took a blow to his knee during the 20-13 Six Nations victory over France in Paris.Wales(...)

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(...)

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(...)