France

Paul O'Connell

Heineken Cup quarter-final previews

Rugby World columnist Stephen Jones looks ahead to this weekend's four Heineken Cup quarter-finals – and makes his predictions…

Napolioni Nalaga

Big plans for the future of French Top 14

The great and the good of French rugby gathered last Thursday in a Bordeaux hotel for their General Assembly. What Midi Olympique described as “the Cardinals of the Oval”, had…

Andrew Trimble

Round 5: Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Mike Brown’s remarkable consistency continued in Rome, but the Scarlets' bomb-diffuser supreme was brilliant against Scotland and demonstrated that Wales have more than one rapier full-back. In the right place…

France

Six Nations: France and Saint-André in denial

IT'S A measure of how far France have fallen that after losing 22-20 to Ireland on Saturday one of their own, centre Mathieu Bastareaud, declared: “Tonight we can be proud…

Last laugh: But who will replace O'Driscoll?

Six Nations: France 20-22 Ireland

By Bea Asprey in Paris  The match in 30 seconds The RBS 6 Nations ended in a fairytale fashion rarely seen in sport as Brian O’Driscoll took home the title…

Handful: Trimble is excelling for Ireland

Round 4: Six Nations Team of the weekend

Before this weekend there were (theoretically speaking) five sides still in the Championship hunt. Wales left the running after being comprehensively ousted at Twickenham, while Ireland brushed off hard-working Italy…

Don't do it! Duncan Weir gets set to make the fateful pass

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

By Katie Field The Saints Brilliant BOD Only one man could head up the Saints list this week – the irrepressible Brian O’Driscoll, who became the world’s most-capped Test player…