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Antoine Dupont is one of the shining lights of French rugby. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

France Who are they? As the old cliché goes, you never know which France side is going to turn up - but in recent years it has been fairly easy to p(...)

Romain Ntamack is one of an exciting crop of young France players. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Pool C England - 4th (9-2) France - 8th (25-1) Argentina - 10th (33-1) USA - 15th (1500-1) Tonga - 13th (750-1) The Contenders England’s dismantlin(...)

 ‘Jordan Larmour is clearly a broken-field runner to put fear into any defence’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

To distil the difference between the sides at the Aviva Stadium yesterday just examine Keith Earls’s try. An Irish lineout with yet more variety got t(...)

Ireland’s wing, Keith Earls,  runs in their fourth try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP

The old adage that “forwards win matches and backs decide by how match” might have left Ireland’s pack feeling a little shortchanged if they cared to (...)

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(...)

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(...)

 France celebrate their victory in the World  Rugby U-20 Championship final against England. Photograph: Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Can France, spinning wildly from calamity to magnificence during this Six Nations, win the World Cup in 2023? “That’s our objective,” Bernard Laport(...)

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 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(...)

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