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France’s winger Alivereti Raka  dives across the line to score a try against Scotland in their 32-3 win at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice. Photograph:  Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

Ali Price says Scotland’s crushing loss to France in Nice is a World Cup wake-up call. Gregor Townsend’s team depart for Japan in less than a month b(...)

France wing Alivereti Raka  dives across the line to score a try during the  Rugby World Cup warm-up  match against Scotland  at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

France 32 Scotland 3 Gregor Townsend admits Scotland have work to do to get their World Cup preparations back on track after being dismantled by Fra(...)

Antoine Dupont is one of the shining lights of French rugby. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

France Who are they? As the old cliché goes, you never know which France side is going to turn up - but in recent years it has been fairly easy to p(...)

Romain Ntamack is one of an exciting crop of young France players. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Pool C England - 4th (9-2) France - 8th (25-1) Argentina - 10th (33-1) USA - 15th (1500-1) Tonga - 13th (750-1) The Contenders England’s dismantlin(...)

 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(...)

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