England  get held up just short of the try line in the dying seconds of the  Six Nations  match against France at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England 55 France 35England fell short of being crowned Six Nations champions for the first time under Stuart Lancaster despite toppling France 55-35 (...)

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(...)

Ryan Grant joins the Scotland in training camp today. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Glasgow prop Ryan Grant has been recalled to Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations squad after being acquitted of an assault charge. The former British and Irish L(...)

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(...)

France’s Teddy Thomas takes possession during the Test against Australia at the Stade de France. Photograph: Reuters.

A natural born worrier if ever there was one, Joe Schmidt would have assiduously watched every minute of France’s compelling 29-26 win over Australia (...)

Ruan Pienaar kicks a penalty for Ulster during last season’s Pro12 final against Leinster
Toulon come calling for Ruan Pienaar
  • Rugby
  • September 18, 2013, 12:21

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has emerged as a target for the European champions Toulon, according to reports in France. With Pienaar’s contract with (...)

Toulon’s  outhalf Jonny Wilkinson is challenged by Metro Racing’s Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton of Racing Metro at the Mayol stadium. Photograph: Getty.

Toulon 41 Racing Metro 14: Jonathan Sexton did little wrong in Toulon last night but his star-studded Racing Metro side was blown away in the battle o(...)

Toulon’s  Delon Armitage dives in for the decisive try after outrunning  Brock James of Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup final  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 16 Clermont Auvergne 15: Did Clermont Auvergne freeze once again in sight of the winning post? That’s the accusation they’ll face as they co(...)