Serge Blanco

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Jacques Brunel has quite the task ahead of him with France in this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images

France You Bet: Winner 16/1, Grand Slam 66/1. Form: LLDLLLW. Last Year: Third. Les Bleus come into this year’s Six Nations with an all too familia(...)

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(...)

Glen Killane, managing director of Eir Sport and Eir Television, at Eir’s group headquarters in Dublin: ‘We have to understand that not everybody loves sport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s not long before the big question for anyone in the business of sport today comes up. Is UFC here to stay, or is it one great, noisy fad? Glen Ki(...)

Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign at Murrayfield Stadium this weekend. Photograph: PA

Even before a ball is passed or punted, the 2017 Six Nations Championship feels different. There is more potential intrigue than at any time since Ita(...)

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(...)

French newspaper L’Obs Sport have reported the France squad have rebelled against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France’s rugby players are reported to have staged a “discreet” rebellion against their coach, Philippe Saint-André, less than 48 hours before Les Ble(...)

France’s Bernard le Roux in action against Italy at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Accidentally enter the tranquil Vale of Glamorgan by the back gate, so stumble across a bearded man, socks around ankles, practising drop goals. Slow (...)

Mathieu Bastareaud, who looks leaner and fitter, in action against Canada at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes. Photograph: Reuters

A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire. Roughly translated: To win without peril (is) to triumph without glory. There was a time when French(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

France’s Rabah Slimani, Mathieu Bastareaud, Teddy Thomas, Wesley Fofana and Yoann Huget. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

You won’t find Trappes or Sarcelles in any Parisian travel guide. These two suburbs of the French capital, Trappes to the south and Sarcelles to th(...)

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