South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against  England in Yokohama. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Way, way back in time, circa mid-September 2019, the common perception was that this World Cup would be the most open of the nine to date. Now that it(...)

Jaco Peyper awards Ross Moriarty’s try. Photograph:  Christophe Ena/AP

Wales 20 France 19 Wales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes(...)

Antoine Dupont starts for France against Wales. Photograph: Gabriel bouys/AFP/Getty

Scrumhalf dangerman Antoine Dupont is fit for France’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales on Sunday. Dupont, who Wales head coach Warren Gatland b(...)

France’s  Camille Lopez celebrates following the victory over Argentina in the World Cup clash in Tokyo.  Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

France 23 Argentina 21 France begin their World Cup quest safe in the eternal knowledge that nothing about them is certain. They possess all the el(...)

Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

France’s inside centre Romain Ntamack runs with ball during a training session at the Tokyo stadium ahead of their World Cup opener against Argentina. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

World Cup  Pool C: France v Argentina, Tokyo stadium, Saturday Saturday, 8.15am Irish time. Live on Eir Sport and ITV Nobody knows. Such is the (...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton scores from a well-reheased strike play against France in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A primary goal for Ireland was to concentrate purely on the 80 minutes against France without reference to what had gone before in the Six Nations. No(...)

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(...)

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