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(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Castres interntaional outhalf and captain Rémi Talès who at the end of this season will join the exodus of key players from the club. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Jack Kerouac once observed “great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads and popular opinion”. The players and management of C(...)

Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci has been picked in France’s preliminary Six Nations squad. (Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Uncapped Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci saw the World Cup door swing invitingly open on Thursday as Philippe Saint-Andre beckoned him into the(...)

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter is being lined up as a possible replacement for Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

According to media reports in New Zealand and sources in Paris, Racing Metro 92 are expected to announce this week that Dan Carter will join them afte(...)

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

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(...)