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 Chile fans  before the Women’s World Cup match against Sweden in Rennes. Photograph:   Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

World soccer’s governing body Fifa has defended its ticketing policy at the 2019 Women’s World Cup despite seeing average attendances at the first nin(...)

Memphis Depay of the Netherlands evades John Stones of England. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Uefa abandoned the third-place play-off match at the European Championships after the 1980 edition of the tournament. Why they have decided to reintro(...)

Paul O’Connell with Mourad Boudjellal after signing for Toulon as a player in 2015. Photograph: RC Toulon/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara could make adventurous new moves later this year in the formatives stages of their coaching careers, with O’Connell po(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

 France celebrate their victory in the World  Rugby U-20 Championship final against England. Photograph: Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Can France, spinning wildly from calamity to magnificence during this Six Nations, win the World Cup in 2023? “That’s our objective,” Bernard Laport(...)

The Ireland squad during a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A thrilling denouement to the 2019 Six Nations awaits - just two rounds of fixtures remain, and three sides still have hopes of being crowned champion(...)

Simon Easterby: “We had long discussions involved in nearly every position. That process will continue but it’s great because we have more depth at the moment.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Refreshed and replenished by the return of a host of players who were either rested or injured for the Italian game, the likelihood is that at least f(...)

French head coach Jacques Brunel has named his team to play Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

It is a measure of French contentment that after their 27-10, bonus point win over Scotland last Saturday week Jacques Brunel has named an unchanged s(...)

Sebastien Bezy in action for Toulouse during the Top 14. Photograph: Sandra Ruhaut/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Jacques Brunel has called up Toulouse scrumhalf Sebastien Bezy and Racing 92 tighthead Cedate Gomes Sa to the French squad ahead of Sunday’s Six Natio(...)

Scotland’s hooker Stuart McInally   with France’s fly-half Romain Ntamack during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Stuart McInally admits Scotland failed to live up to their great expectations as they delivered their latest letdown in Paris. Scotland believed they(...)

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