France’s Anthony Bouthier knocks on the ball as Ireland’s  Hugo Keenan looks to catch it during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paris – the match is in its 18th minute, Ireland are pounding the French line in the familiar pick and drive version of the Eton Wall Game. Caelan Dor(...)

France outhalf Romain Ntamack in action during the Six Nations game against Ireland at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

15 Anthony Bouthier (France) The 28-year-old climbed from fourth tier to ProD2 with Vannes until signed by Montpellier last year. Marked debut agains(...)

 France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont makes a break   during the Six Nations  clash against Ireland at the Stade de France, in Saint Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

France 35 Ireland 27 This was an odd, fluctuating affair which was both encouraging from an Irish perspective but also a little sobering. They went (...)

France’s Gregory Alldritt is presented with the Six Nations Player of the Match award by his captain Charles Ollivon. Photograph: Inpho

15 Anthony Bouthier Leaped over Andrew Conway and offloaded despite Robbie Henshaw’s embrace to spark Ntamack’s try, which more than atoned for a si(...)

Gaël Fickou has been moved from centre to the left wing by France for Saturday’s Six Nations game against Ireland. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

In what is perhaps a nod to Ireland’s kicking game, and especially the threat posed by the box-kicking of Conor Murray despite it being kept under wra(...)

French scumhalf Antoine Dupont celebrates with try scorer Charles Ollivon and  Teddy Thomas during the game against Wales at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

France have just embarked upon a revised six-game, end-of-year schedule which sparked such a ferocious row between the federation (FFR) and the clubs (...)

Garry Ringrose: sustained a broken jaw in Saturday’s 50-17 win over Italy and so will miss the game against France in Paris next Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/EPA

The scale of the task facing Ireland in an empty Stade de France next Saturday night was laid bare by France’s friendly win over Wales on Saturday nig(...)

 France’s Romain Ntamack scores his try in the second half. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales 23 France 27 France gave Shaun Edwards a Cardiff return to remember as Les Bleus stayed on course for a Guinness Six Nations Grand Slam by bea(...)

France’s Grégory Alldritt against England in Paris.  He is not the most powerful eight in the world, but he regularly finds a weak shoulder or gaps to make additional yards.   Photograph:   EPA/Yoan Valat

At the 2020 Guinness Six Nations launch, Fabien Galthié spoke of the French team’s desire to reconnect with the French public through shared emotions (...)

Bundee Aki celebrates after Tom McCartney crosses for Connacht against Montpellier. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht 23 Montpellier 20 In the opening seconds of this Champions Cup game, Paul Willemse trundled up to Paul Boyle and hit him with a cheap, casua(...)