Johnny Sexton will be braced for another physical afternoon against France as he returns to the Ireland side for Saturday’s Six Nations clash. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 In some ways Ireland can be reassured by a French coach refusing to care about Johnny Sexton’s return.  “That information didn’t change an(...)

I do expect a subtler performance from Jack McGrath in managing Rabah Slimani. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So Leinster’s superb win last Friday put paid to my musings regarding playing Josh van der Flier against France. Mind you, van der Flier could be r(...)

Rory Best returns to captain Ireland after being sidelined against Italy through illness. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Doris, another genially named storm, has left a trail of damage in her wake. Her after effects could have a significant impact on events at the Aviva (...)

There are three changes to the French team to play Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

France have made three changes to their starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, the French Rugby Federation ha(...)

 Josh van der Flier leaves the field  during Leinster’s game with Edinburgh on Friday. His shoulder injury is expected to keep him out of the rest of the Six Nations. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In stark contrast to previous meetings between Ireland and France, the two squads continue their preparations for next Saturday’s pivotal round-three (...)

Mathieu Bastareaud in action against Saracens last Saturday. The powerful RC Toulon  centre has been recalled to the France squad. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Mathieu Bastareaud was called into the France squad for the Six Nations on Monday as Les Bleus suffered further injury setbacks in the build-up up to (...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton is tackled by Montpellier’s Frans Steyn. The tackle was deemed dangerous enough to merit a red card.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If after eight minutes French centre Mathieu Bastareaud fell foul of Johnny Sexton’s choke tackle in 2015, conceding the turnover in contact, he did l(...)

Jonathan Danty made his France debut in the 23-12 Six Nations win over Italy. Photograph: AFP

Jonathan Danty has admitted his poor lifestyle almost cost him his France career. The 23-year-old centre capped a whirlwind 12 months with his Test d(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

 Guy Noves has promised a return to traditional French running rugby.

Coach: Guy Noves After a hugely successful coaching tenure spanning 22 years, ten Top 14 championships and four Heineken Cups with Toulouse, Noves (...)

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