Damien Penaud

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Damian Penaud dots down to score a try for France against England at Twickenham during the  2021 Guinness Six Nations. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Try of the tournament Damien Penaud (France v England, Twickenham, round 4) That rarity, a first phase, set-piece try. Gaël Fickou raced onto Julien(...)

England celebrate their success in last autumn’s  Nations Cup at  Twickenham Stadium, London. They are favourites, at around even money, to retain their Six Nations trophy. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Inpho

Ireland finished third in the last two editions of the Six Nations, the same again in the Autumn Nations Cup and, accordingly, are third favourites go(...)

France’s   Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa,  who was almost unplayable,  celebrates scoring  a try for Racing92 against Saracens. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

One of these days we might go a whole 24 hours without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Ireland’s quarter-final exit. But not just yet. Here’s(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in action during their win over Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the 76th minute of Munster’s 22-16 win over Ulster on Saturday night, Conor Murray latched over the ball to stymie an Ulster attack from deep. Immo(...)

Garry Ringrose in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

For the fifth time in the last 11 years, Leinster’s chances of winning a Heineken Champions Cup final are noticeably enhanced by having a brilliant nu(...)

Felix Lambey was the standout player in a poor French performance. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Thomas Ramos - Three turnovers in the first half and beaten in the air by Garry Ringrose that could have led to a try; looked spooked and unsure at(...)

Jordan Larmour of Ireland in action during the Six Nations win over France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Being a creative artist amid such regimented and structural excellence cannot be easy. On the hour mark, with spoils divvied and the holy trinity of (...)

Ireland’s only try scorer in the last four matches against the French is scrumhalf Conor Murray (2017). Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Once upon a time Paris in the springtime used to send a shiver up the spine of Ireland rugby teams and supporters alike, an X-rated spectacle for the (...)

France’s Gael Fickou in action during the victory over Scotland. “I know that our fans are also very critical, it’s normal. Their disappointment, I understand it. I share it.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jacques Brunel will never want for advice, the French coach inundated with suggestions from sundry sources including ex-players, media and supporters.(...)

Clermont outhalf Camille Lopez kicks the first of his two drop goals in their Champions Cup semi-final semi-final against Leinster at Stade de Gerland in Lyon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 27 Leinster 22 Oh, what might have been. Leinster left themselves something of a mountain to climb at a vibrant, throbbing Stadium de Gerlan(...)

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