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France’s Antoine Dupont lies on the pitch after being injured during the Six Nations game  between France and Ireland at the Stade de France. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

The independent inquiries into incidents surrounding the HIA protocols during the France-Ireland game in the Stade de France are likely to continue fo(...)

CJ Stander on the charge for Ireland against France’s Anthony Belleau at Stade de France last Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lunchtime and CJ Stander is shaking every hand in the Irish press conference, 20 or more. Within seconds of coming into the long, creaking salon at Ca(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best practices his lineout throws during the Captain’s Run at Stade de France in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations preview: France v Ireland Venue: Stade de France.  Kick-off: 5.45pm local time/4.45pm Irish time. On TV: Live on TV3 and BBC 1.(...)

James Ryan in training ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

James Ryan is still only 21, in his rookie year, with just five Leinster starts behind him and one for Ireland, and is clearly seen as an investment f(...)

Jack Conan is one of the backrow forwards who have stepped up to take the place of those injured this season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

To a man the Irish players have already risen to the challenge. Nobody is out of key this week. There are no bum notes. The new Ireland is a squad of(...)

Dejected Ireland players walk off the pitch following their defeat during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France in February 2016. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

“Yeah, it does because facts are facts,” says Rob Kearney. The Irish fullback is talking about pain. The pain of loss in the public eye. The pain of b(...)

New  France  manager Jacques Brunel: his side are in need of a significant confidence boost, having lost five of their last six matches.  Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

France must concentrate on being contenders for the Six Nations title before even thinking of the 2019 World Cup in Japan, new coach Jacques Brunel sa(...)

Johann Van Graan: the Sprinboks’ head coach Allister Coetzee says van  Graan will be a big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster. Photograph: Getty Images

Johann Van Graan will be released from his commitments to the Springboks after their forthcoming games against Ireland and France over the next two Sa(...)

Antonio Conte: will be forced to juggle his squad against Crystal Palace in the absence of key midfielder N’Golo Kante and leading scorer Alvaro Morata. Photograph: Ian Kingston/AFP

Antonio Conte has said he must plan for the next month without N’Golo Kante after the midfielder sustained a hamstring injury while on international (...)

Bernard Laporte: allegedly intervened on behalf of Mohed Altrad and Montpellier. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to withdraw from France’s delegation to World Rugby in London on September 25th is the latest bodyblow in (...)

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