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Kieran Read runs in to score his try against France. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

World champions New Zealand earned their 12th victory in as many games in 2013 by beating France 26-19 and handing their opponents an eighth straight(...)

France’s coach Philippe Saint Andre at yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis near Paris ahead of their match against New Zealand.

Stuart Lancaster and the rest of the team building Fortress Twickenham will look to Paris this evening for a proper understanding of the task that lie(...)

Castres’ outhalf Remi Tales will start against the All Blacks.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a gamble in his team selection for Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks, picking the inexperienced outhalf(...)

Conor’s a good lad and a hard-working lad. I said to him in the warm-up, “This is a great opportunity now, against Parra and James, this is where w(...)

Toulon’s  Delon Armitage dives in for the decisive try after outrunning  Brock James of Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup final  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 16 Clermont Auvergne 15: Did Clermont Auvergne freeze once again in sight of the winning post? That’s the accusation they’ll face as they co(...)

Julien Bonnaire being applauded off by Munster. Bonnaire got his team-mates to abandon their lap of honour and walk over to their vanquished foes. Photograph: afp/getty images

There was a lovely moment soon after the post-match exchange of hands as Clermont embarked on their lap of honour which, after 80 minutes of be(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s scrumhalf Morgan Parra.

Last week in acknowledging the brilliance of ASM Clermont Auvergne, I also suggested Munster can win tomorrow. With a gentle 39-17 victo(...)

Clermont's Sitiveni Sivivatu dives to score his side’s third try despite the tackle of Montpellier’s Alex Tulou at  Stade Marcel Michelin.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 36 Montpellier 14 : New Zealand winger Sitiveti S(...)

‘It wasn’t just in their boisterousness that the French supporters showed us up at the weekend. In their company, especially, 
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ields of Athenry
 
is exposed as a rather inadequate rallying cry.’ Photograph: Inpho/Colm O’Neill

There was a comic but telling moment during the rugby match on Saturday when, with Ireland leading 13-3, French scrum-half Morgan Parra prepare(...)

Ireland's Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty

The final whistle was greeted by an anguished groan that emanated from the bowels of a saturated Aviva stadium. It was a deeply unsatisfactory (...)

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