France’s  Camille Lopez celebrates following the victory over Argentina in the World Cup clash in Tokyo.  Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

France 23 Argentina 21 France begin their World Cup quest safe in the eternal knowledge that nothing about them is certain. They possess all the el(...)

Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Jack Maunder of Exeter Chiefs  celebrates with fans after the game against Castres at Sandy Park, Exeter. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Exeter boss Rob Baxter is ready for “a fantastic test” when the Chiefs face a Champions Cup showdown against Munster next Saturday. Baxter’s men kept(...)

Exeter winger Tom O’Flaherty  dives over to score his side’s fourth and bonus-point try during the Champions Cup match against Castres  at Sandy Park. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 34 Castres 12 Exeter kept alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes with a 34-12 bonus-point victory over Castres at Sandy(...)

The Castres and Munster packs battle it out during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Castres 13 Munster 12 The Munster veterans who dogged out dramatic wins on the European stage over the years must have cringed as they watched the cu(...)

Casters forwards celebrate after they turn over a late Munster scrum in their narrow 13-12 Champions Cup win. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Castres 13 Munster 12 Munster were unable to make it a clean sweep of Irish wins for the second weekend-in-a-row when they came up just short in a br(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray is set to start and partner Joey Carbery for the first time for their Champions Cup Pool 2 clash with Castres. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2: Munster v Castres Kick off: 1pm, Sunday. Venue: Thomond Park. How to follow: Full coverage on The Irish Times liveblog(...)

 Gerbrandt Grobler in action for Munster ‘A’ last weekend. Photograph: Daniel Matthams/Inpho

Johann van Graan has condemned ‘doping’ in rugby while maintaining that as head coach at Munster he is obliged to treat Gerbrandt Grobler, who has ser(...)

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