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Number eight Louis Picamoles has been included in France’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Number eight Louis Picamoles will get to finish his international career at the World Cup after he was included in France’s 31-man squad on Monday. T(...)

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland kicks a penalty during their Six Nations win over France. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Scotland 32 France 26 This will hardly have them dreaming of a first championship of the century, but Scotland are back on track at least. They were (...)

 Peter O’Mahony  makes one of his six catches from a  lineout ahead of France’s Yacouba Camara during the Six Nations  match  at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Sport’s analysis is about perspective and often a choice of whether to zoom in or zoom out. Ireland’s lineout is an integral component in attacking te(...)

 Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the last play of the game to give Ireland a 15-13 victory at the Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France 13 Ireland 15 The dust having settled on Ireland’s Houdini-esque feat of escapology in the wet and murky air of Stade de France on Saturday ni(...)

Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France 13 Ireland 15 One swing of Johnny Sexton’s right boot has changed everything. Ireland made desperately heavy weather of putting away a gutsy b(...)

Johnny Sexton in training ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France on Satuerday in Paris. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small mercies, but Johnny Sexton can expect the Parisian treatment visited upon him in 2014 and 2016. No Mathieu Bastareaud. Suspended for a homophob(...)

Matthieu Jalibert will make his France debut against Ireland. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP

French coach Jacques Brunel couldn’t be accused of adopting a conservative approach after handing debuts to 19-year-old outhalf Matthieu Jalibert and (...)

France flyhalf Anthony Belleau in action against South Africa in November. Belleau is among the youngsters in the squad that could pose a threat in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I think the French are in a mess,” observed Ronan O’Gara as bluntly as ever at his first press conference in his new guise as the Crusaders back coac(...)

Leinster’s Barry Daly secures a bonus point as he gets over for their fourth try despite Frans Steyn and Timoci Nagusa of Montpellier during the  Champions Cup game at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 24 Montpellier 17 ‘C’mon on ye boys in blue’ has rarely seemed so apt, nor more deserving. Already shorn a stellar list of serial European C(...)

Isa Nacewa at Leinster Rugby press conference, RDS, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Leinster v Montpellier Venue: RDS.  Kick of: 1pm. TV: Sky Sports Action from 12.30pm. The unexpected absence of Johnny Sexton – playmaker in (...)

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