France’s Henry Chavancy watches on as Johnny Sexton of Ireland celebrates kicking the winning goal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France captain Guilhem Guirado blamed France’s narrow defeat at home to Ireland in their Six Nations opener on their lack of discipline on Saturday. (...)

Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France 13 Ireland 15 One swing of Johnny Sexton’s right boot has changed everything. Ireland made desperately heavy weather of putting away a gutsy b(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best practices his lineout throws during the Captain’s Run at Stade de France in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations preview: France v Ireland Venue: Stade de France.  Kick-off: 5.45pm local time/4.45pm Irish time. On TV: Live on TV3 and BBC 1.(...)

Captain Guilhem Guirado is one of a  number of French players stuck down by gastroenteritis over the weekend. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

France captain and hooker Guilhem Guirado and prop Jefferson Poirot were stuck down by gastroenteritis over the weekend and missed the national team t(...)

Jacques Brunel has quite the task ahead of him with France in this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images

France You Bet: Winner 16/1, Grand Slam 66/1. Form: LLDLLLW. Last Year: Third. Les Bleus come into this year’s Six Nations with an all too familia(...)

France flyhalf Anthony Belleau in action against South Africa in November. Belleau is among the youngsters in the squad that could pose a threat in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I think the French are in a mess,” observed Ronan O’Gara as bluntly as ever at his first press conference in his new guise as the Crusaders back coac(...)

Leinster are not expected to appeal Cian Healy’s ban. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cian Healy looks certain to miss Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final against ASM Clermont Auvergne in Lyon this Sunday. The 29-year-old has been susp(...)

The French side go through some drills at the Arboras Stadium, Nice,  as they prepare to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

15 Scott Spedding Age: 30 Height: 6’2” Weight: 97kg (15st 2lbs) Caps: 20 Points: 21 The South African-born player has ben in excellent form of late (...)

There are three changes to the French team to play Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

France have made three changes to their starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, the French Rugby Federation ha(...)

The France squad during the captain’s run  at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

England v France Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 4.50pm TV: Live on RTÉ and UTV This is not yet the greatest England team of all time but the sta(...)

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