France’s Gabin Villiere scores a try during the Autumn Nations Cup game against Italy at the  Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

France 36 Italy 5 A revamped France beat Italy 36-5 at the Stade de France on Saturday to top the Autumn Nations Cup’s Group B and set up a bizarre f(...)

Billy Burns is seen during Ireland rugby squad training at the IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The organisers of the hybrid Autumn Nations Cup may not have quite the intriguing finale to the group stages they would have wanted, nor indeed much i(...)

Diego Maradona during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

In recent days I asked Leinster coaches Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster if their team’s Pro 14 average of 40 points a game in their current winning sp(...)

 Christophe Dominici beats Andrew Mehrtens to score a try for France in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Former France and Stade Francais player Christophe Dominici, whose dazzling runs made him one of the country’s best wingers, has died aged 48, his fo(...)

Simon Zebo: “My love for Munster could definitely bring me back. I’ve an incredible connection with the supporters around Munster.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At face value it might look like a strange one. Simon Zebo will tomorrow line out for Munster against Racing 92 in the latter’s new U Arena, which wil(...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

France produced arguably the greatest World Cup comeback when they beat the All Blacks at Twickenham 1999. Photograph: Getty

In 1987 France, weary from their thrilling semi-final win over Australia, were mere participants in the World Cup final, as New Zealand were coronated(...)