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 (...)

Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien rises high to collect Rory Best’s lineout delivery during yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France, which will be a 79,000 sell-out for the teams’ Six Nations clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This will not exactly be Paris in springtime. The forecast is for a cold, windy and very wet day; more Irish-type conditions than French, and more lik(...)

Joe Schmidt with Philippe Saint-André and Serge Blanco ahead of Ireland’s clash with France at the World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

French rugby: exiled from artistry by greed or a coach floundering out of his depth? According to Philippe Saint-André, until the national team become(...)

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