Outhalf  Jonathan Sexton  celebrates with  Bundee Aki after scoring the match-winning drop goal in the Six nations game against France at Stade de France. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Rob Kearney For the knee-jerk prediction of his demise see James Ryan’s pop off the ground hitting Conor Murray’s arm and being hoofed towards the Iri(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Jordan Larmour: impressive form with Leinster could see him win a place in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pedigree counts in the European Champions Cup; it always has. Take the 77th-minute decision by Racing to go for another three-pointer rather than seek(...)

Racing’s Virimi Vakatawa and Donnacha Ryan tackle Simon Zebo of Munster during the Champions Cup game at the U Arena in Paris. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster director of rugby Johann van Graan is still eyeing a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup despite seeing his side lose 34-30 to Racing 92 i(...)

Racing 34 Munster 30 A surreal setting for a slightly surreal game. Munster had more than enough of it, and certainly more than enough chances, but w(...)

Munster’s   Keith Earls is tackled by Racing 92’s New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter  during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool  match  at Thomond Park in Limerick. Munster won the game 14-7. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Munster 14 Racing 7 Dan Carter has done pretty much everything in the game. International rugby’s most prolific points scorer signed off his stellar (...)

Munster scrumhalf  Conor Murray slides over to score his side’s first try in the    Champions Cup match against Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 14 Racing 92 7 Cometh the hour, cometh the man. After 60 scoreless minutes, Conor Murray’s charge down and alert finish broke the deadlock, a(...)

Ian Keatley takes the number 10 jersey for the visit of Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster v Racing 92, Thomond Park, 5.30, live on Sky Sports Arena  Even by the rather grand benchmark established by Munster’s European Cup Satu(...)

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