Jacques Brunel

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Teddy Thomas has been one of the stars of the opening two rounds of the Six Nations. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP

France have dropped a number of players for “inappropriate behaviour” after Sunday’s defeat by Scotland in Edinburgh. Head coach Jacques Brunel has a(...)

France head coach Jacques Brunel. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Police have questioned French rugby players in connection with a report of a sexual assault. Police Scotland said they spoke to a number of potential(...)

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland kicks a penalty during their Six Nations win over France. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Scotland 32 France 26 This will hardly have them dreaming of a first championship of the century, but Scotland are back on track at least. They were (...)

Italy coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

Gregor Towensend has made six changes to his Scotland XV for Tuesday’s clash with France. Photograph: Andrew Mulligan/PA

Gregor Townsend believes it was not the “true” Scotland that well well beaten by Wales in their Six Nations opener. Now he is backing his players to (...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki is tackled by France’s Matthieu Jalibert  of France  in the Six Nations round one match on Saturday. Jalibert partially ruptured a knee ligament in the tackle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The morning after the night before felt no better for Jacques Brunel and the French squad. While there could be some consolation in a much more spirit(...)

 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. (...)

France  coach Jacques Brunel and his squad during training. They face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. As my Dad would say, “They are Bob Hope’s brother . . . No Hope.” Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

This is the worst France team I have witnessed in my lifetime. You may have to go back to the late 1940s to find a French team so bereft of world-cla(...)

A general view of Ireland training at the Stade de France ahead of the Six Nations clash with France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy says Ireland must be wary of the unpredictable nature of France when they come up against them in Paris on Saturday. Speaking to Added (...)

Johnny Sexton in training ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France on Satuerday in Paris. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small mercies, but Johnny Sexton can expect the Parisian treatment visited upon him in 2014 and 2016. No Mathieu Bastareaud. Suspended for a homophob(...)

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