Ireland’s lock Devin Toner vies with France’s prop Nicolas Mas during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

It was a bittersweet triumph, the delight of victory diluted by the tournament ending injury to Peter O’Mahony, and Ireland captain Paul O’Connell. Th(...)

Robbie Henshaw celebrates Ireland’s win over France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland have moved up two places to third in the world rankings after Sunday’s 24-9 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup Pool D showdown. Joe Sc(...)

France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud:  Inevitably, I am very disappointed. There are plenty of things I’ve done wrong. I had a bad game. I am not ashamed in admitting it. 1:02

The headline in French sports bible L’Equipe proclaimed ‘The Blues Not Up to Standard,’ as they reflected on Ireland’s 24-9 at the Millennium stadium (...)

Ireland’s hooker Rory Best braces himself as two French players move in for the tackle. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP Photo/Getty Images 1:47

Sometimes the mistakes don’t matter because those imperfections are superseded by the integrity of application and unflinching belief. It takes cou(...)

Australia outhalf Bernard Foley is challenged by three Welsh tacklers. Foley kicked all his team’s points via five penalties. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Australia 15 Wales 6 Lady luck decided to bestow her favours on Australia. The accepted wisdom is that good fortune is earned by dint of hard (...)

Wales 6 Australia 15 Wales lost to Australia for the 11th time in succession, the last five of which have been by a single score; but this defe(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton

There is a temptation to portray Warren Gatland as the poker-faced gambler, a man who follows a hunch, from his days in charge of Ireland, through hi(...)

Ireland winger  Tommy Bowe scores a try against France in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

2012 Six Nations Championship France 17 Ireland 17, Stade de France This was the first draw between the sides since 1985 and represented (...)

All Black centre Ma’a Nonu will bring up a century of caps against Tonga. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen would ideally like his side to strike up a rhythm to their patterns in their final pool match before a quarter-final d(...)

George North, seen here lifting Israel Folau while playing for the Lions against Australia in 2013, has been moved to centre by Wales coach Warren Gatland. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images.

There is honour among coaches. Warren Gatland knows a thing or two with regard to criticism. During the week he took time to offer empathetic support (...)