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(...)

France flyhalf Anthony Belleau in action against South Africa in November. Belleau is among the youngsters in the squad that could pose a threat in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I think the French are in a mess,” observed Ronan O’Gara as bluntly as ever at his first press conference in his new guise as the Crusaders back coac(...)

Scotland’s Byron McGuigan scores a try against Australia at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

That sets up the Six Nations pretty nicely. For the four home countries especially, November marked a month of progress. True, in a dozen matches betw(...)

 South Africa’s Dillyn Leyds stretches  to score  a try during the  match against France at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

France 17 South Africa 18 France coach Guy Noves’s job came under pressure after Les Bleus lost 18-17 to South Africa after yet another mediocre perf(...)

New Zealand centre Ryan Crotty  celebrates after scoring a try during the match against France at the Stade de France on Saturday night. Photograph:   Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

France 18 New Zealand 38 France were given a reminder of how far they still are from a maiden World Cup title when they were humbled 38-18 in Paris b(...)

Ireland’s scrum-half Stephen Kerins under pressure during his side’s defeat to France. Photograph: AFP

France Under-20s 34 Ireland Under-20s 13 Ireland’s Under 20’s Six Nations title hopes look to have been lost in Narbonne after being outmuscled by (...)

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