Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)

Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The prime time weekend slot, and 6,000 French fans amongst a capacity crowd with Ireland seeking a ninth win in a row and seventh at the Aviva Stadium(...)

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 (...)

Players push in a scrum during the Six Nations  match between Italy and Ireland at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

I try not to speak negatively about rugby. It has given me so much and I have seen it give so generously to others.There is a saying, that your best m(...)

Ireland’s Simon Zebo in action against Italy in the  Six Nations in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Saturday will be a special game for Simon Zebo and his extended Irish-French family, the first time this son of a Martinique-born French athlete will(...)

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(...)

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

European Champions Cup round-up: Francois Louw scored Bath’s fourth try in the closing stages to complete a bonus-point 35-18 European Champions Cup v(...)

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(...)

French winger Teddy Thomas breaks the Australia defence on the way to scoring a try at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

France 29 Australia 26Inspiration and determination helped France take revenge against Australia with a 29-26 victory at the Stade de France on Saturd(...)

South African CJ Stander in full flight: “Munster gave me a chance, and I came here to play for Munster and then the possibility of one day playing for Ireland popped up.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three weeks ago, CJ Stander sat on the bench for the fifth time in the Heineken Cup. He expected to maybe get 15 minutes or so. Less than 20 mi(...)