Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien rises high to collect Rory Best’s lineout delivery during yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France, which will be a 79,000 sell-out for the teams’ Six Nations clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This will not exactly be Paris in springtime. The forecast is for a cold, windy and very wet day; more Irish-type conditions than French, and more lik(...)

Joe Schmidt with Philippe Saint-André and Serge Blanco ahead of Ireland’s clash with France at the World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

French rugby: exiled from artistry by greed or a coach floundering out of his depth? According to Philippe Saint-André, until the national team become(...)

Virimi Vakatawa will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Photograph: Getty Images

New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their op(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

France head coach Guy Noves: has promised to restore some of the traditional flamboyance of les Bleus. Photograph:Inpho

One of the more fascinating aspects of another Six Nations campaign is the contrast in the coaching tickets, and specifically the head coaches. Coming(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen celebrates victory against France. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

The All Blacks may have produced the best performance of the World Cup so far but this was not enjoyable to watch. This was a humiliation for France,(...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

Thierry Dusautoir has rejected reports of a French rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has dismissed claims of a rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-Andre on the eve of their World Cup quarter-final ag(...)

French newspaper L’Obs Sport have reported the France squad have rebelled against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France’s rugby players are reported to have staged a “discreet” rebellion against their coach, Philippe Saint-André, less than 48 hours before Les Ble(...)

New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams meets the media in Swansea. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Search any old rugby man’s bookshelves and Wallace Reyburn’s The Unsmiling Giants will be found. It’s an account of the unbeaten All Blacks tour of(...)