Teddy Thomas has been one of the stars of the opening two rounds of the Six Nations. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP

France have dropped a number of players for “inappropriate behaviour” after Sunday’s defeat by Scotland in Edinburgh. Head coach Jacques Brunel has a(...)

Johnny Sexton  stood above the entire stadium and identified a way to cover the crucial 15 metres Ireland needed to reach the edge of his range to kick the drop-goal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Sheridan

France didn’t lose the game in Paris, Ireland won it. Both teams can take solace from that. The French were miserly in defence, yet the greasy surfac(...)

 Jonathan Sexton  leaves the field after  scoring a 42-metre drop goal against France. He is crucial to Ireland’s success in the Six Nations. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Johnny Sexton’s importance to the Irish team has never been more acute, and never been more ably demonstrated than in Paris last Saturday. In part due(...)

 Jonny Sexton drops a long-range goal to  for Ireland in the final play of the game to secure a victory against France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“He’s a serious leader,” shrugs Dan Leavy. “He’s a competitor. He’s always on to refs, trying to get decisions our way.” Paris on this greasy Saturda(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki is tackled by France’s Matthieu Jalibert  of France  in the Six Nations round one match on Saturday. Jalibert partially ruptured a knee ligament in the tackle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The morning after the night before felt no better for Jacques Brunel and the French squad. While there could be some consolation in a much more spirit(...)

 Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the last play of the game to give Ireland a 15-13 victory at the Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France 13 Ireland 15 The dust having settled on Ireland’s Houdini-esque feat of escapology in the wet and murky air of Stade de France on Saturday ni(...)

French replacement Antoine Dupont is led off the field after being injured during the Six Nations match against Ireland at Stade de France. Photograph:   Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Another Six Nations match in Paris, another breathtaking finish. And another game overshadowed by controversy regarding head injury assessment protoco(...)

Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France 13 Ireland 15 One swing of Johnny Sexton’s right boot has changed everything. Ireland made desperately heavy weather of putting away a gutsy b(...)

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.(...)

Jacques Brunel has quite the task ahead of him with France in this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images

France You Bet: Winner 16/1, Grand Slam 66/1. Form: LLDLLLW. Last Year: Third. Les Bleus come into this year’s Six Nations with an all too familia(...)

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