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(...)

Wales captain Alun-Wyn Jones leads his players through their paces at Stade de France yesterday. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Six Nations preview: France vs Wales  Venue: Stade de France, Paris  Kick-off: 9pm local time/8pm Irish  On TV: Live on Virgin Media On(...)

Toulon head coach Fabien Galthie will arrive in Munster under no illusions. Photograph:  Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Several years ago when Toulon travelled to Limerick, I met the then Toulon coach, Philippe Saint-André. A highly intelligent man, Philippe understood (...)

France flyhalf Anthony Belleau in action against South Africa in November. Belleau is among the youngsters in the squad that could pose a threat in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I think the French are in a mess,” observed Ronan O’Gara as bluntly as ever at his first press conference in his new guise as the Crusaders back coac(...)

The FFR is claiming ‘serious misconduct’ by sacked head coach Guy Novès. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty

One of rugby union’s more unusual books goes some way to explaining recent events in France. Guy Novès last week became the first national coach to be(...)

Former Italy boss Jacques Brunel has been named as the new French head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s first opponents in the upcoming Six Nations Championship France will be under new management as the French Rugby Federation (FFR) confirmed (...)

Elliot Daly’s late try for England against Wales at the Principality Stadium clinched the only away win outside Rome in this season’s Six Nations tournament. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Small margins, small margins, small margins. These became the buzzwords of the 2017 Six Nations, replacing momentum and other words which had been de (...)

Camille Lopez celebrates  France’s win against Scotland. Photograph:Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value, France may not appear to have made huge strides under Guy Novès. In his dozen games as head coach, France have won five and lost seven,(...)

Italian players react after Ireland’s Craig Gilroy scored a try during the team’s Six Nations rugby  match  in Rome  at  weekend. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Heaven forbid the English clubs are ever allowed have their way and the Six Nations is condensed into five consecutive weekends. At a stroke, their se(...)

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 (...)

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