France’s Gael Fickou in action during the victory over Scotland. “I know that our fans are also very critical, it’s normal. Their disappointment, I understand it. I share it.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jacques Brunel will never want for advice, the French coach inundated with suggestions from sundry sources including ex-players, media and supporters.(...)

Scotland’s Pete Horne: “He’ll know everything about the French – what they’ve been doing, their individual players.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a second-string side. Of(...)

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(...)

Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack could be set for his international breakthrough. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Team: France Prospects Mercurial, maverick, brittle, combustible, thrilling and frustrating - it is hard to be sure which France will turn up, but t(...)

Romain Ntamack  (R) has been named to start at 12 for France ahead of Mathieu Bastareaud (L). Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Getty/AFP

Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of the France team for Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Paris. The experienced defensi(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud: returns to the Toulon side for the visit to Edinburgh  after serving a five-week suspension. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE v EXETER CHIEFS, Stade Pierre Fabre (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport) Injuries to Sam Skinner, Dave Dennis and Dave Ewers mean th(...)

Sevu Reece:  the Fijian winger was fined but discharged without conviction after a domestic violence incident in which he left his girlfriend with injuries to her face. Photograph: Kerry Marshall/Getty Images

With Connacht slamming the door on Sevu Reece, the IRFU have shown how they are not about to make the same mistake again in a shrinking world. Their (...)

Rieko Ioane scores for New Zealand during the first Test against France at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand 52 France 11 A questionable yellow card to France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thum(...)

The 2013 Heineken Cup final. TMO decisions have become an increasingly familiar feature of the modern game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To err is human, to forgive divine, and as in everything when humans are involved in making decisions, there’ll be erroneous ones. All in all though,(...)

 England’s Denny Solomona has received a four week ban. Photograph: Reuters

England and Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona has been banned for four weeks after being found guilty of verbally abusing Worcester Warriors outhalf J(...)

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