Antoine Dupont

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France head coach Fabien Galthié: ‘We are very happy and very proud to be considered the team of the moment.’ Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Kieran Crowley is the only head coach at yesterday’s Guinness Six Nations launch who will be leading a team into the Championship for the first time. (...)

Roain Ntamack: there is an often heard expression ‘you can’t coach that’ but a good coach can facilitate it. Look at the example of French outhalf  Ntamack and his decision to escape from his in-goal area in the autumn victory over New Zealand.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I recently had the pleasure of listening to my fellow Wexford man Billy Walsh speak about the transformation in Irish boxing during his time as nation(...)

Antoine Dupont evades the tackle of Tomos Williams. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Cardiff 7 Toulouse 39 Cardiff produced a battling display despite their ravaged playing resources in going down to a 39-7 defeat against European cha(...)

Marcus Smith of Harlequins takes on the Leicester defence during the Gallagher Premiership match  at  Welford Road. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Teams: Bordeaux-Bègles, Bristol, Cardiff, Castres, CONNACHT, Harlequins, Leicester, MUNSTER, Scarlets, Stade Francais, Toulouse, Wasps Click here for(...)

Toulouse’s French scrumhalf Antoine Dupont has been named as World Rugby’s World Player of the Year. Photograph: Romain Perrocheau/AFP via Getty Images

Sometimes it has been a contentious award but rarely will there be such widespread agreement in the global game that Antoine Dupont has been voted Wor(...)

Ireland v Argentina where referee Matthew Carley shows a red card to Tomas Lavanini of Argentina.  File photograph: Inpho

November has been a momentous month for Ireland. In a year which started so badly, the team has wrapped it up quite brilliantly. Patiently and confid(...)

 France’s  Damian Penaud (right) celebrates with a team-mate after scoring a try against New Zealand during the ictory at  Stade de France in Saint-Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Ian Foster believes his All Blacks team is improving despite suffering back-to-back losses against Ireland and France at the end of (...)

France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont is assuming the mantle of the world’s best scrumhalf. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

France v New Zealand, Stade de France, Saturday, 8pm Irish time – Live on Amazon Prime To be in South Africa last summer, covering the British & (...)

Richie Mo’unga will start at outhalf for New Zealand in Saturday night’s match against France at the Stade de France. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Richie Mo’unga will start at outhalf for New Zealand in their autumn international series Test against France in Paris on Saturday after Beauden Barre(...)

Rassie Erasmus will hear the outcome of his misconduct hearing soon. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It was the last straw for many South Africans. So far this year they have battled their way past Covid-19 and the British & Irish Lions, beaten Ne(...)

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