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Toulouse players celebrate their dramatic  Top 14 victory over Clermont  at the Municipal Stadium last week. Sofiane Guitoune scored  a try in the 79th minute to seal a 47-44 win. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

Champions Cup semi-finals: Leinster v Toulouse Kick off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start fro(...)

Damian Penaud   scores France’s third try despite the efforts of  Italy’s  Edoardo Padovani  during the Six Nations match  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy 14 France 25 Italy’s losing sequence in the Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25(...)

Johnny Sexton in the gym ahead of  Ireland’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain. The 2019 Six Nations has flown past in the blink of the eye, with the tournament reaching a(...)

Felix Lambey was the standout player in a poor French performance. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Thomas Ramos - Three turnovers in the first half and beaten in the air by Garry Ringrose that could have led to a try; looked spooked and unsure at(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls celebrates his try with CJ Stander and Conor Murray during the Six Nations clash against France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 26 France 14 With France having found their mojo last time out against Scotland, Ireland put that result in perspective by also finding their(...)

Jordan Larmour of Ireland in action during the Six Nations win over France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Being a creative artist amid such regimented and structural excellence cannot be easy. On the hour mark, with spoils divvied and the holy trinity of (...)

French supporters at the Six Nations Championship Round 3 match between France and Scotland at  Stade de France, Paris, in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I have little doubt that over the next two years this French team’s performance curve will move steadily upwards. That’s because there is excellent ru(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal to win the game against France in their  Six Nations game at Stade De France in February 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Kick-off: Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media and ITV. Leaving aside stayi(...)

 France celebrate their victory in the World  Rugby U-20 Championship final against England. Photograph: Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Can France, spinning wildly from calamity to magnificence during this Six Nations, win the World Cup in 2023? “That’s our objective,” Bernard Laport(...)

Ireland’s only try scorer in the last four matches against the French is scrumhalf Conor Murray (2017). Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Once upon a time Paris in the springtime used to send a shiver up the spine of Ireland rugby teams and supporters alike, an X-rated spectacle for the (...)

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