Toulon outhalf Jonny Wilkinson: doubt against Munster with hamstring injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Perpignan on verge of relegation after defeat to European champions

Yoann Huget bowls over Brian O’Driscoll during France’s Six Nations decider against Ireland. The Toulouse man will feature at fullback against Munster.

It’s testament to Munster’s standing in Europe that several Toulouse players are happy to talk themselves up as underdogs

President of reigning Heineken Cup champions Mourad  Boudjellal is of Algerian origin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Mourad Boudjellal refuses to take his side to Béziers after town voted far-right party into power

France gracious in defeat as no one prepared to argue that Schmidt’s men did not deserve their victory

Young French  centre Gael Fickou will line out opposite Brian O’Driscoll  at Stade de France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

France coach not keen to give too much away ahead of Paris showdown with Ireland

Maxime Medard in action against England. The France winger accepts that  critics of his side’s play this eaosn have a valid point. Photograph:  Martin BureauAFP/Getty Images

France winger first spotted the Irish centre playing in 1998

Maxime Machenaud of France: “We’ve been able to show that you can win top-level matches without a set piece and without having clean ball,” he said. “Now we want to show a different face.” Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

France scrumhalf eager to test himself on the international stage against his Racing Metro team-mate

Referee Alain Rolland speaks to France captain Pascal Pape during the game against Wales. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Philipe Saint-André drops Louis Picamoles but captain stays on after disrespecting Irish referee

Castres players celebrate with the Bouclier de Brennus after winning the Top 14  final against Toulon last June. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

Canal Plus to broadcast games for next five years at average cost of €71m a season

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