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Antoine Griezmann will lead the line for France in Russia. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

France (13-2) Who are they? France boast a squad which can only be described as magnifique – the acid test for Didier Deschamps this summer is (...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores their first goal during the pre-World Cup friendly win over Ireland. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France 2 Ireland 0 Despite the defeat, this was far from Ireland’s worst ever night at the Stade de France but they have had better. Outplayed from b(...)

Eddie Jones: has presided over England’s fall from Six Nations champions last year to fifth place this season. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s dismal fifth-place finish in the Six Nations. Ireland were crowned Gra(...)

Eddie Jones: “It is the first time we have had the team together after a loss. How we respond to it is important.” Photograph: Olly Greenwood/AFP/Getty

France v England, Stade de France, Saturday, 4.45pm, (TV3, BBC1) By the time England emerge from the dressing rooms at the cavernous Stade de France(...)

 Dylan Hartley: looks set to miss the game against France due to a calf injury.   Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA

England have been hit by several injury problems before their clash against France on Saturday, with doubts over Dylan Hartley’s fitness chief among t(...)

Eddie Jones is braced for a ‘slogathon’ at the Stade de France. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

England coach Eddie Jones has warned that “no one is indispensable” as he mulls over his best options for the key Six Nations away game against France(...)

 Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray celebrate Dan Leavy’s try against Wales at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After a momentous and riotous day of springtime Six Nations rugby, with the Celts very much to the fore, the table makes for unexpectedly pleasant une(...)

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.(...)

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