Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, those uber competitive international rivals and two-time Lions team-mates, will both be making their 60th appearances in the competition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since the quarter-final line-up for the European Champions Cup was finalised on the third weekend in Janua(...)

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

A third Grand Slam, 12 consecutive victories in the Test arena from the final match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship to the game that marked the s(...)

France players celebrate at the final whistle of the Six Nations match against England at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

France 22 England 16 Eddie Jones insists England are negotiating an inevitable slump where the “game does not love you” after France handed Ireland t(...)

Eddie Jones: “It is the first time we have had the team together after a loss. How we respond to it is important.” Photograph: Olly Greenwood/AFP/Getty

France v England, Stade de France, Saturday, 4.45pm, (TV3, BBC1) By the time England emerge from the dressing rooms at the cavernous Stade de France(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud powers over to score France’s third try in their win over Italy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

France 34 Italy 17 Hugo Bonneval’s second-half try proved pivotal as France ended their nine-match winless run and left Italy facing another Six Nati(...)

Italy head  Conor O’Shea:  “I hope we can offer ourselves and our fans a performance to be proud of.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Conor O’Shea wants Italy to learn from their mistakes when the Six Nations Championship enters new territory on Friday. The Azzurri head to Marseille(...)

 Francois Trinh Duc is chased by  Mathieu Bastareaud during a training session at the Maurice David stadium in Aix-en-Provence ahead of Friday’s Six Nations game against Italy in Marseille. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Jacques Brunel reshuffled his backline as Les Bleus look to end an eight-game winless streak when they face Italy in the Six Nations on F(...)

 Finn Russell has retained his place for the visit of England this weekend. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Gregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France as the Scotland head coach named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash (...)

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(...)

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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