Ireland’s Bundee Aki is tackled by France’s Matthieu Jalibert  of France  in the Six Nations round one match on Saturday. Jalibert partially ruptured a knee ligament in the tackle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The morning after the night before felt no better for Jacques Brunel and the French squad. While there could be some consolation in a much more spirit(...)

 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(...)

French replacement Antoine Dupont is led off the field after being injured during the Six Nations match against Ireland at Stade de France. Photograph:   Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Another Six Nations match in Paris, another breathtaking finish. And another game overshadowed by controversy regarding head injury assessment protoco(...)

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(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best practices his lineout throws during the Captain’s Run at Stade de France in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations preview: France v Ireland Venue: Stade de France.  Kick-off: 5.45pm local time/4.45pm Irish time. On TV: Live on TV3 and BBC 1.(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best speaks at a press conference ahead of the Six Nations match against France. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Ireland go into Saturday’s Six Nations opener in Paris in the unusual, and perhaps even uncomfortable position, of six point favourites, assuredly a f(...)

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 (...)

Bordeaux-Begles’ French flyhalf Matthieu Jalibert  scoring a try against Agen  in the Top 14 clash  at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty

It would be stretching things to say that the hopes of a nation rest on the relatively slim frame of Matthieu Jalibert, but his stunning rise from the(...)

Captain Guilhem Guirado is one of a  number of French players stuck down by gastroenteritis over the weekend. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

France captain and hooker Guilhem Guirado and prop Jefferson Poirot were stuck down by gastroenteritis over the weekend and missed the national team t(...)

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