Racing-Metro’s outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action at the   Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes against  Perpignan. Photograph: Getty

Jonathan Sexton rounded off his first month in the French Top 14 by playing a key part in Racing Metro’s 19-16 win over Perpignan in Paris yesterday. (...)

Ireland’s Brian O'Driscoll sits on the sideline after being sin-binned in the first half of the game against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland succumbed to a first defeat to Italy in the Six Nations after an indisciplined afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico when the injury jinx th(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

Castrogiovanni, whose mooted move from Leicester Tigers to Toulon has seemingly fallen through, was forced off in the first half at Twic(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

As anticipated, Jacques Brunel has decided not to risk Italy ’s iconic and talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni or flanker Robert Barbieri, al(...)