Hugo Bonneval

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Mathieu Bastareaud powers over to score France’s third try in their win over Italy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

France 34 Italy 17 Hugo Bonneval’s second-half try proved pivotal as France ended their nine-match winless run and left Italy facing another Six Nati(...)

Italy head  Conor O’Shea:  “I hope we can offer ourselves and our fans a performance to be proud of.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Conor O’Shea wants Italy to learn from their mistakes when the Six Nations Championship enters new territory on Friday. The Azzurri head to Marseille(...)

 Francois Trinh Duc is chased by  Mathieu Bastareaud during a training session at the Maurice David stadium in Aix-en-Provence ahead of Friday’s Six Nations game against Italy in Marseille. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Jacques Brunel reshuffled his backline as Les Bleus look to end an eight-game winless streak when they face Italy in the Six Nations on F(...)

Clermont  scrumhalf Morgan Parra  injured his knee in the Champions Cup clash against Ospreys. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been ruled out of France’s Six Nations opener against Ireland in Paris and has been replaced by Baptiste (...)

Racing-Metro’s New Zealand backrow Chris Masoe is tackled by Stade Francais’s   Sekou Macalou during the French Top 14 clash in Paris. Photograph: Miguel Medina/Getty

Racing 92 ground-out a slightly fortuitous 29-22 victory over Stade Francais in the Parisian derby at Stade Yves du Manoir marked by testosterone-fuel(...)

Ireland’s Jack McGrath in action against Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The major statistic from last week’s opening round of the Six Nations Championship is that France scored three tries. England and Italy scored two. Th(...)

Conor Murray tries  to charge down Rhys Priestland’s attempt at  a late drop goal at the Aviva Stadium.Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bruised, battered but unbeaten, the Irish squad will spend much of the next two days recovering from their exertions against Wales at the outset of a (...)

France’s centre Jonathan Danty (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis Photograph: AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France 23 Italy 21 New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as France came from eight points behind to beat Italy 23-21 in the open(...)

Virimi Vakatawa will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Photograph: Getty Images

New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their op(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

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