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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(...)

France wing Alivereti Raka  dives across the line to score a try during the  Rugby World Cup warm-up  match against Scotland  at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

France 32 Scotland 3 Gregor Townsend admits Scotland have work to do to get their World Cup preparations back on track after being dismantled by Fra(...)

Greig Laidlaw and Clermont celebrate their Challenge Cup victory over La Rochelle. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Clermont Auvergne 36 La Rochelle 16 Clermont Auvergne clinched a record-equalling third European Challenge Cup final victory by beating La Rochelle 3(...)

Damian Penaud   scores France’s third try despite the efforts of  Italy’s  Edoardo Padovani  during the Six Nations match  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy 14 France 25 Italy’s losing sequence in the Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25(...)

France’s Maxime Medard claps the Ireland players after the pitch following their Six Nations loss to Ireland. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

And breathe. Ireland are back – not that they ever really went away – thanks to Sunday’s 26-14 win over France at the Aviva Stadium. The defending ch(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls celebrates his try with CJ Stander and Conor Murray during the Six Nations clash against France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 26 France 14 With France having found their mojo last time out against Scotland, Ireland put that result in perspective by also finding their(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal to win the game against France in their  Six Nations game at Stade De France in February 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Kick-off: Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media and ITV. Leaving aside stayi(...)

France outhalf Romain Ntamack goes in for his side’s  first try during the Six Nations match at the Stade De France. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

15 Thomas Ramos ( Toulouse) Age: 23 Height: 5’ 8” Weight: 80kg (12st, 9lbs) Caps: 2 After France were destroyed in the backfield by England Ramos offe(...)

France’s outhalf Romain Ntamack scores his side’s first try of the game against Scotland during the Six Nations victory  at the Stade De France, Paris. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Beware a becalmed France. Ireland’s next opponents on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) in the 2019 Six Nations arrive in such a new-found sense of relative cont(...)

French head coach Jacques Brunel has named his team to play Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

It is a measure of French contentment that after their 27-10, bonus point win over Scotland last Saturday week Jacques Brunel has named an unchanged s(...)

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