Toulon coach Fabien Galthie is in line to take the France job after the World Cup according to reports in France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Former captain Fabien Galthie will become France coach after this year’s World Cup, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday. Galthie, who s(...)

Paul O’Connell with Mourad Boudjellal after signing for Toulon as a player in 2015. Photograph: RC Toulon/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara could make adventurous new moves later this year in the formatives stages of their coaching careers, with O’Connell po(...)

Welsh referee Ben Whitehouse took charge of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Player safety must come first World Rugby’s commitment to player safety once again came sharply into focus during Edinburgh’s Pro14 victory over Lein(...)

 Ronan O’Gara during a training session with the Crusaders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Media reports have indicated that French Rugby Federation (FFR) president, Bernard Laporte is looking to add Ronan O’Gara and Fabien Galthie to the Fr(...)

 France celebrate their victory in the World  Rugby U-20 Championship final against England. Photograph: Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Can France, spinning wildly from calamity to magnificence during this Six Nations, win the World Cup in 2023? “That’s our objective,” Bernard Laport(...)

Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

Nigel Owens awards England a penalty try against France as Geoffrey Doumatrou contests the decision. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Cost of a penalty try too high It’s a personal grumble but it is time for World Rugby to re-examine and possibly rethink the sport’s ultimate double (...)

Referee Nigel Owens speaks to French players Guilhem Guirado and Arthur Iturria in Twickenham. Photograph: EPA

Less leading to more mistakes from officials A pre-tournament directive from World Rugby to reduce the role of the TMO has led to more errors being m(...)

Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack could be set for his international breakthrough. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Team: France Prospects Mercurial, maverick, brittle, combustible, thrilling and frustrating - it is hard to be sure which France will turn up, but t(...)

Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

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