The men’s and women’s captains at the launch of the Guinness Six Nations Championship in London on Wednesday. From left:   Siwan Lillicrap (Wales),  Giada Franco (Italy),  Luca Bigi (Italy),  Stuart Hogg (Scotland),  Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales),  Sarah Hunter (England),  Charles Ollivon (France),  Owen Farrell (England),  Gaëlle Hermet (France), Ciara Griffin (Ireland) and  Rachel Malcolm (Scotland).  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With four new coaches, predicting the winner of this Six Nations is a tricky business. We have very little information on what game plan the new coach(...)

Donnacha Ryan with Mike Prendergast and Simon Zebo after the Heineken Champions Cup Round 1 game between Racing and Saracens at  Paris La Défense Arena on November 17th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster need Northampton or Glasgow to slip up on Saturday in order to retain an outside interest in the knockout stages come the 1pm kick-off against(...)

Simon Zebo: the former Munster man will prove a potent threat at fullback for Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Photograph: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Heineken Champions Cup: Munster v Racing 92 Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday. Venue: Thomond Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 5p(...)

Leinster’s Woodstock 50th anniversary celebratory tie-dye squashed, fifty shades of blue is in the running for the gong in the worst jersey of 2019 category. Photograph: Inpho

It appears there are two types of clubs in this seasons Champions Cup. The wolves and the sheep. You can follow where this is going, can’t you? Yes, (...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am all had excellent tournaments. Photograph: Inpho

15 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) It’s too reactive to say that Barrett’s switch to fullback didn’t work on the basis of their semi-final exit, as Eng(...)

Jaco Peyper awards Ross Moriarty’s try. Photograph:  Christophe Ena/AP

Wales 20 France 19 Wales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes(...)

France players clap the fans after their Rugby World Cup victory over Tonga. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

France 23 Tonga 21 France secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 23-21 victory over Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium. France will n(...)

France’s  Camille Lopez celebrates following the victory over Argentina in the World Cup clash in Tokyo.  Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

France 23 Argentina 21 France begin their World Cup quest safe in the eternal knowledge that nothing about them is certain. They possess all the el(...)

Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

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