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Antoine Dupont is one of the shining lights of French rugby. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

France Who are they? As the old cliché goes, you never know which France side is going to turn up - but in recent years it has been fairly easy to p(...)

Felix Lambey was the standout player in a poor French performance. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Thomas Ramos - Three turnovers in the first half and beaten in the air by Garry Ringrose that could have led to a try; looked spooked and unsure at(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls celebrates his try with CJ Stander and Conor Murray during the Six Nations clash against France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 26 France 14 With France having found their mojo last time out against Scotland, Ireland put that result in perspective by also finding their(...)

Ireland’s only try scorer in the last four matches against the French is scrumhalf Conor Murray (2017). Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Once upon a time Paris in the springtime used to send a shiver up the spine of Ireland rugby teams and supporters alike, an X-rated spectacle for the (...)

France outhalf Romain Ntamack goes in for his side’s  first try during the Six Nations match at the Stade De France. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

15 Thomas Ramos ( Toulouse) Age: 23 Height: 5’ 8” Weight: 80kg (12st, 9lbs) Caps: 2 After France were destroyed in the backfield by England Ramos offe(...)

France’s outhalf Romain Ntamack scores his side’s first try of the game against Scotland during the Six Nations victory  at the Stade De France, Paris. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Beware a becalmed France. Ireland’s next opponents on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) in the 2019 Six Nations arrive in such a new-found sense of relative cont(...)

French head coach Jacques Brunel has named his team to play Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

It is a measure of French contentment that after their 27-10, bonus point win over Scotland last Saturday week Jacques Brunel has named an unchanged s(...)

Antoine Dupont will wear the number nine jersey for France against Scotland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

France head coach Jacques Brunel dropped scrumhalf Morgan Parra and outhalf Camille Lopez for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland but denied(...)

France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina  is tackled during the  Six Nations match against Wales at the Stade De France. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Sebastien Vahaamahina did not even know he was captain when France slipped to Friday’s rudderless 24-19 Six Nations loss to Wales in Paris. The 27-ye(...)

Wales winger George North scores the first of his two tries after France winger Yoann Huget spills the ball during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

France 19 Wales 24 Madness – but is not always between these two? Or, at the very least, when France play. Still, we have no idea who or where they a(...)

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