Louis Picamoles

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Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in action during their win over Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the 76th minute of Munster’s 22-16 win over Ulster on Saturday night, Conor Murray latched over the ball to stymie an Ulster attack from deep. Immo(...)

 Australian’s Reece Hodge scores his side’s second try against Fiji. He should already have been off the pitch for a head high challenge on Fiji’s Pejeli Yato. Hodge’s  subsequent ban did little for Yato – or Fiji. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Rewards? Funny how the USA were the first team to receive a red card. How do lesser teams get their rewards? For instance, is it a reward for Fiji t(...)

 Louis Picamoles  of France and Argentina’s Matias Moroni   scuffle at the end of the World Cup clash in Tolkyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Match officials at the Rugby World Cup have shown themselves a yellow card after reviewing the opening round of matches. Referees, touch judges and t(...)

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(...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Johnny Sexton leaves the field injured against France in 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One sidestep sparked the All Blacks’ run to retaining the World Cup in 2015. It happened in August, before the tournament had even started, when Dan (...)

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(...)

Camille Chat celebrates his try against Italy. Photograph:Yoan Valat/EPA

France 47 Italy 19 France got their rugby World Cup preparations back on track by overpowering Italy, scoring seven tries in a flamboyant and sometim(...)

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