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France’s outhalf Romain Ntamack scores his side’s first try of the game against Scotland during the Six Nations victory  at the Stade De France, Paris. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Beware a becalmed France. Ireland’s next opponents on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) in the 2019 Six Nations arrive in such a new-found sense of relative cont(...)

France’s Gael Fickou in action during the victory over Scotland. “I know that our fans are also very critical, it’s normal. Their disappointment, I understand it. I share it.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jacques Brunel will never want for advice, the French coach inundated with suggestions from sundry sources including ex-players, media and supporters.(...)

Wales’  Corey Hill, who scored a try  against England. Photograph:Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Six Nations championship mid-term report card highlights Wales as the star pupils, unbeaten three-fifths of the way through the tournament and the(...)

Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack could be set for his international breakthrough. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Team: France Prospects Mercurial, maverick, brittle, combustible, thrilling and frustrating - it is hard to be sure which France will turn up, but t(...)

Ross Moriarty is set to be fit for Wales’ Six Nations opener in France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Warren Gatland named his squad for the Six Nations last week, he chose 39 players because so many were carrying injuries and he wanted to ensure (...)

Joe Schmidt with Brian O’Driscoll after Leinster’s 2011 Heineken Cup final win over Northampton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Google search when Joe Schmidt first landed on these shores in 2010 was clogged by namesakes; a Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, a Ukrainian born teno(...)

Reiko Ioane scores one of his three second half tries against France. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

New Zealand 49 France 14 Winger Rieko Ioane scored three tries while Damian McKenzie crossed twice in a full display of his attacking abilities as th(...)

France’s Maxime Médard clashes with Tadhg Furlong at Stade de France in 2016. Away wins are hard to come by in the Six Nations – which rarely follows preordained scripts. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The time to back Ireland has passed. At 6-4 second favourites to win the title, and down to 7-2 to win the Grand Slam, neither odds offer especially t(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is among those to have picked up a lengthy injury this season. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Professional rugby is reaching breaking point. And break is the word with each weekend bringing more injury problems. Wasps lost three more players in(...)

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