Ben Fall is shown an early red card for a tackle on Beauden Barrett. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

New Zealand 26 France 13 An early red card to France fullback Ben Fall ensured the All Blacks sealed a 26-13 victory in the second test at Wellington(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates the try that gave Munster the win at Thomond Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Munster 20 Toulon 19 In time-honoured fashion, a capacity Thomond Park crowd remained riveted from first minute to last, and made off into the evenin(...)

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, those uber competitive international rivals and two-time Lions team-mates, will both be making their 60th appearances in the competition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since the quarter-final line-up for the European Champions Cup was finalised on the third weekend in Janua(...)

Munster squad training in UL  on Monday. Phototgraph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

At face value, once again the odds appear to be stacked against Munster. Three-time winners Toulon have three or four times the playing budget, and in(...)

Nine Irish players have been included in our team of the tournament. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

When it comes to picking the team of the tournament there’s a temptation to pick 15 Irish players. Their collective performance in winning five from f(...)

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(...)

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