Paul O’Connell and his team-mates had the character and fitness levels to withstand the charge of the French bench in the second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Great AK was right; ‘no amount of analytical physics can open a door’ but in the end energy, team spirit and tactical nous can close many a French(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows France lock Pascal Pape a yellow card after he kneed Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images 7:17

Philippe Saint-Andre has moved to defend Pascal Pape after the France lock was given a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back in Ireland(...)

Ireland’s Mike Ross holds on to the shorts of French winger Teddy Thomas to make a vital tackle during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

THE BREAKDOWNIreland were outplayed here and had to send extra numbers in to try and hang on to possession. As a result France had a numerical superio(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud is a go-to man for France and Johnny Sexton should expect to see a lot of him on Saturday. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Although the margins between the sides have been wafer thin, sometimes non-existent in recent years, Philippe Saint-André has portrayed his team as un(...)

France’s loose head prop Eddy Ben Arous runs with the ball during a training session - he is the sole change to the French team named to play Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

France have named an unchanged team barring the enforced replacement of the injured Alexandre Menini with young loosehead Eddy Ben Arous, for the tri(...)

It is believed the French are considering promoting Morgan Parra at scrumhalf to start against Ireland at The Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images. 3:25

No games seem set to define Ireland’s calendar year, and perhaps even the Joe Schmidt era, more than the meetings with the French. It was in Paris las(...)

Camille Lopez kicked 15 points as France ground out a 15-8 win over Scotland at the Stade De France. (Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland)

France 15 Scotland 8 France looked set for a difficult Six Nations campaign after labouring to a 15-8 home win against Scotland in their openin(...)

South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been named to start in France’s opening Six Nations match against Scotland on February 7th 2015. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

South African Rory Kockott was handed his first start for France when he was named at scrumhalf in the team to face Scotland in their Six Nations open(...)

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(...)

Argentina surprised Les Bleus, who headed into tonight’s game having beaten Australia last weekend, winning 18-13 at the Stade de France

France 13 Argentina 18Argentina confirmed they are a bete noir for France when they play in Paris by kicking four drop goals, including three by flyha(...)