Ronan O’Gara is looking to earn La Rochelle a place in the Top 14 final for the first time. Photograph:  Lionel Hahn/Getty Images

Top 14 semi-final preview: La Rochelle v Racing 92, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, 8.45pm (7.45pm Irish) – Live on Premier Sports 1 Friday night’s Top 1(...)

 France head coach Fabien Galthié. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

France head coach Fabien Galthié has admitted they must accept criticism for their recent coronavirus outbreak, but insisted zero risk does not exist (...)

France captain Charles Ollivon celebrates with Mohamed Haouas  after scoring a try in the  Guinness Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

France captain Charles Ollivon believes the battling Six Nations victory over Ireland represents a significant “new step” for his rapidly-developing s(...)

Damian Penaud starts instead of Teddy Thomas (pictured) on the wing. Photograph: Inpho

France coach Fabien Galthie made two changes from the team who beat Italy for their Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva stadium on Sunday. (...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty in action against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Racing 26 Connacht 22 European rugby continues to compel and confound as Connacht once again stepped onto the big stage and came within a score of p(...)

 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(...)

French scrumhalf Antoine Dupont during a training session ahead of the Six Nations game agaibst Ireland. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

15 Anthony Bouthier Club: Montpellier Age: 28 Height: 6’ Weight: 86kgs (13st 10lbs) Caps: 5 Points: 5 He has passed the return to play protocols to t(...)

Paul O’Connell: ‘If Ireland can go to Paris, for the first time ever score four tries, get a bonus point and win the game it would give everyone [the] belief to kick on and stick at what they’re doing’

Paul O’Connell believes that if Andy Farrell’s Ireland team claims a Six Nations Championship title in the Stade de France on Saturday night, it will (...)

France lock Bernard Le Roux tackles Wales’ number eight Taulupe Faletau during the autumn international  at the Stade de France. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

France lock Bernard Le Roux has been cleared to play against Ireland in Saturday night’s Six Nations clash at the Stade de France after a disciplinary(...)

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