Racing Metro  winger Teddy Thomas will make his debut for France against Fiji in Marseille on Saturday. Photograph:    Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre is continuing his experiments with yet another halfback pairing as France take on Fiji in the first of three Novem(...)

Johnny Sexton of Racing Metro has signed a five-year contract with Leinster. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton has ended months of speculation by announcing he will rejoin Leinster at the end of the season. The IRFU confirmed the player has sign(...)

Young French  centre Gael Fickou will line out opposite Brian O’Driscoll  at Stade de France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-André was in good spirits yesterday as he announced his team to face Ireland but one remark about needing to be cau(...)

Remi Tálès in action for France as a replacement against Scotland. He will start the final Six Nations game against Ireland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

France coach Philippe Saint-André has probably picked his strongest starting XV of this year’s Six Nations in making four changes to the line-u(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll who received a cap for his world record of 140 caps at the IRFU dinner after the match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:39

Now the maths look fairly straightforward. Unless England beat Italy by 50 points or more in Rome in the first of next Saturday’s triple header(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

 Wales scrumhalf Mike Phillips has been dropped to the bench for Friday night’s Six Nations game against France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mike Phillips has been relegated to the Wales bench for Friday’s Six Nations clash against France in Cardiff, with coach Warren Gatland blamin(...)

Castres outhalf Remi Tales returns from injury to join the  French squad. Photograph:   Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Remi Tales and Alexandre Lapandry have been called up as France coach Philippe Saint-Andre makes two changes to his 30-man squad for the Six Nations c(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

In the months leading up to the beginning of a Six Nations championship, there is a mass of research, planning and preparation undertaken by every hea(...)

     England’s Alex Goode and Jamie Roberts of Wales in last March’s game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back. Unlike the Tri-Nations, it may not scale the heights of the ridiculous quality evident in the South Africa-New Zealand showdown in Johannes(...)