Fiji-born Virimi Vakatawa (left) will make his Test debut for France against Italy. Photograph: Getty.

Six Nations France v Italy Stade de France, Saturday, 2.25pm (Irish time) RTÉ 2, BBC 1 France will launch the Guy Noves coaching era – but Les Bleu(...)

Alessandro Zanni lunges to score for Italy during their closing Pool D win over Romania. Photograph: Reuters

Italy 32 Romania 22 With their Six Nations place under increasing scrutiny at this World Cup, Italy will have been relieved to have won their final ga(...)

 Dave Kearney is tackled by two Italian defenders  during the  Pool D match  at the Olympic Stadium in London. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

There’s no doubt in my mind that Ireland’s intensity will be vastly improved come France in Cardiff. The main question in departing the Olympic Stadiu(...)

Ireland struggled at times against Italy and captain Paul O’Connell feels the gameplan possibly needs to change. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Paul O’Connell is adamant Ireland need to hold on to the ball more, which to the untrained eye must seem an odd comment considering the amount John(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s last-ditch tackle on Italy’s Josh Furno was a crucial moment in Ireland’s one-score victory at the Olympic Stadium in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

Ireland reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the seventh time yesterday. The hosts, among others, would happily swap places with them. By r(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson tackles Italy’s  Edoardo Gori during the Pool D match at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Iain Henderson watch proved a fruitful expedition. Can Ireland afford not to have him on the field in those final moments against France now that it’s(...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Well, aren’t we the neighbourly lot altogether? All this talk about the tournament losing its spark with England’s exit on Saturday night was hard to (...)

Ireland fans outside the Olympic Stadium in London ahead of the World Cup Pool D game  against Italy. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Long before the match had started the green shirts were bobbing around town. Two of them outside KFC on Leicester Square were tearing apart a spiced c(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  passes the ball to his centre partner Keith Earls during their Pool D match against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland 16 Italy 9 Italian Job done this week, but with nothing like the élan or level of performance required to beat either France or Argentina, muc(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is braced for a physical encounter with italy at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland expect to be “battered up front and pushed to the limit” by Italy in Sunday’s crucial World Cup encounter at London’s Olympic Stadium. Captain(...)