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 (...)

New Franch coach Fabien Galthié with his new captain Charles Ollivon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overview When France last won the Grand Slam in 2010, you would have got generous odds on them waiting at least another decade for their next title. (...)

Maro Itoje dives to scores for Saracens against Racing 92. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 27 Racing 92 24 Owen Farrell kept Saracens’ competitive season alive by landing a late penalty that clinched a 27-24 Champions Cup victory o(...)

Antoine Dupont starts for France against Wales. Photograph: Gabriel bouys/AFP/Getty

Scrumhalf dangerman Antoine Dupont is fit for France’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales on Sunday. Dupont, who Wales head coach Warren Gatland b(...)

USA’s Irish born outhalf AJ MacGinty during his team’s defeat to France. Photograph: Getty Images

France 33 USA 9 Now this was fun. France beat the USA 33-9, and scored five tries doing it, four of them utterly glorious. The last three came in the(...)

Number eight Louis Picamoles has been included in France’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Number eight Louis Picamoles will get to finish his international career at the World Cup after he was included in France’s 31-man squad on Monday. T(...)

  Jacob Stockdale scores his first try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster 26 Racing 22 Equally awful collective performances are overshadowed by the magnificence of Jacob Stockdale. For all the problems Dan McFarland(...)

Racing 92’s Wenceslas Lauret scores his side’s second try  in the Heineken Champions Cup match at  Paris La Defense Arena. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 92 44 Ulster 12 Modern day rugby in a modern day setting. In the enclosed setting of the Paris la Defense Arena, with it’s all-weather pitch, (...)

 Marty Moore:  makes his first start for Ulster after impressing off the bench last week. Photograph: Matthew Bunn/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4: Racing 92 v Ulster Kick off: Saturday, 5.30pm. Venue: La Defense Arena, Paris. How to follow: (...)

Simon Zebo: scored his first competitive try for Racing but they still slumped to heavy home defeat to Clermont. Photograph:  Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Simon Zebo scored his first competitive try for Racing 92 but it did little to prevent a disastrous 40-17 home loss to Clermont Auvergne yesterday. R(...)

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