Vincent Rattez

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Referee Luke Pearce gestures during the European Champions Cup final  between La Rochelle and Toulouse at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The US defence secretary under President George W Bush was Donald Rumsfeld. He famously informed us about his “known unknowns”, and also his “unknown (...)

French outhalf Romain Ntamack makes a break past Ireland fullback Jacob Stockdale during the Six Nations game at the Stade de France. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

While the court of public opinion appears to have made their verdict, Andy Farrell and his assistant coaches will be weighing up whether to stick or t(...)

 France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont makes a break   during the Six Nations  clash against Ireland at the Stade de France, in Saint Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

France 35 Ireland 27 This was an odd, fluctuating affair which was both encouraging from an Irish perspective but also a little sobering. They went (...)

France’s Gregory Alldritt is presented with the Six Nations Player of the Match award by his captain Charles Ollivon. Photograph: Inpho

15 Anthony Bouthier Leaped over Andrew Conway and offloaded despite Robbie Henshaw’s embrace to spark Ntamack’s try, which more than atoned for a si(...)

Gaël Fickou has been moved from centre to the left wing by France for Saturday’s Six Nations game against Ireland. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

In what is perhaps a nod to Ireland’s kicking game, and especially the threat posed by the box-kicking of Conor Murray despite it being kept under wra(...)

 Fabien Galthie has named his French team to take on Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Gael Fickou will be shifted from centre to the wing to make up for the absence of the injured Teddy Thomas as France look to win the Six Nations for (...)

Antoine Dupont: France’s scrumhalf scored two tries, nearly had a third and was creator-in-chief of another against Wales last weekend. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

It might sound contradictory given Ireland ran up a half-century of points against Italy last week while conceding two tries, but in many respects the(...)

French scumhalf Antoine Dupont celebrates with try scorer Charles Ollivon and  Teddy Thomas during the game against Wales at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

France have just embarked upon a revised six-game, end-of-year schedule which sparked such a ferocious row between the federation (FFR) and the clubs (...)

Romain Ntamack celebrates after scoring France’s fourth try against Italy. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

France 35 Italy 22 France moved top of the Six Nations standings as they claimed a bonus point in an otherwise unimpressive 35-22 defeat of a weak It(...)

Teddy Thomas and Charles Ollivon celebrate after the France captain scored his side’s second try at the Stade de France. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

France 24 England 17 When Eddie Jones talked recently about England looking to become the greatest team the world has ever seen, this was not the sta(...)

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