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Scotland’s Pete Horne: “He’ll know everything about the French – what they’ve been doing, their individual players.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a second-string side. Of(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their second try despite Damian Penaud of France during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

This Six Nations is starting to feel like a slasher flick, with England ticking off their victims one by one. They are taking bloody revenge on everyo(...)

 England’s Chris Ashton   touches down for the first try against All Blacks during their Test match at Twickenham in  November   2018. Photograph: Getty Images

It does not take long in Chris Ashton’s company to get the feeling he is still pinching himself. Since returning to the England fold last autumn he ha(...)

England’s Jack Nowell celebrates with try scorer Elliot Daly in their victory over Ireland at the Aviva last weekend. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: England v France Kick off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Virgin M(...)

Ireland’s Johnthan Sexton during the defeat to England at the Aviva. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Slow to change Quite rightly, Joe Schmidt retained faith in the Ireland side which beat the All Blacks for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Engl(...)

Warren Gatland has won three Six Nations titles with Wales (albeit none since 2013), including two Grand Slams. Photograph: PA Wire

Last Monday week at the Rugby Union Writers’ Club’s annual awards banquet in London, Warren Gatland was asked how Wales would do in this year’s Guinne(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill looks on during the Nations League draw with Denmark in Aarhus. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said he would discuss the recent performances of the Irish team on the plane home from Denmark on Monday ni(...)

 Paul Pogba of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

If ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his heart’s content without giving a soul with any sense the opportu(...)

France’s coach Didier Deschamps celebrates after the  World Cup final victory over Croatia at   the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

And fade to blue. On a stormy, slightly wild afternoon in Moscow France became world champions for the second time, providing a bookend to one victori(...)

The France team celebrating after lifting the World Cup in Moscow. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

It was the highest scoring World Cup final for more than 50 years, which just goes to show that goals aren’t everything. France won, of course, and th(...)

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