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Putting the boot in:  Camille Lopez may be the man to sort out France's fly-half woes

Have France sorted out their half-back issues?

UNLUCKY 13? Philippe Saint-Andre will be hoping not. Since he became coach of France after the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Saint-Andre has gone through 12 half-back pairings in his quest…

felix jones

Ireland v Georgia: Talking points

Pressure for places led to a patchy first forty With thirteen changes made from the side that beat South Africa, there were a lot of players coming into this game…

Not overawed: Scotland stood up to an experimental All Blacks side and gave them a scare

Scotland v New Zealand: Talking points

The All Blacks are still the best at closing out tight games Scotland came closer than they have in more than a decade to breaking their 109 year drought against…

Teddy Thomas

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Saints Teddy Thomas: Remember the name The 21-year-old from Biarritz is the latest player to be anointed the ‘the prochaine grand chose’ in French rugby. It’s not hard to see…

liam williams

Wales v Fiji: Talking points

When offloads go wrong Wales may have beaten Fiji 17-13 but it was as error strewn a performance as you are likely to see from a tier one nation –…

Winning start: Ireland picked up the result of the weekend in beating South Africa

Week 2: Autumn Series talking points

Lancaster’s final challenge England’s clash with South Africa tomorrow afternoon offers more than a second shot at conquering one of the world’s top two sides this autumn. The Twickenham showdown…

Imposing sight: The haka has provoked varied responses from opposition teams over the years

Responding to the haka

One-on-one At its heart, the haka is a symbolic ritual representing the challenge laid down by one team to another. But the Kapa O Pango’s group mentality belies the more…