Centre Yoram Moefana, who played in the Autumn Nations Cup final against England, was a member of the French under-20s earlier this year. Photograph:  Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

The admiring tone that greeted the performance of a young French side beaten in extra-time in the Autumn Nations Cup final at Twickenham by Six Nation(...)

French scumhalf Antoine Dupont celebrates with try scorer Charles Ollivon and  Teddy Thomas during the game against Wales at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

France have just embarked upon a revised six-game, end-of-year schedule which sparked such a ferocious row between the federation (FFR) and the clubs (...)

Leinster’s Max Deegan holds off Connacht’s Caolin Blade. Deegan’s execellent form is rewarded with the number eight jersey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster v Lyon, RDS, Sunday, 1pm - Live on BT Sport Lyon’s intentions, in as much as they can be gleaned from team selection, appear reasonably clea(...)

Ireland U-20 captain Tommy O’Brien scores a try against France in the sides’ previous meeting in Donnybrook last season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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