Leading from the back of the pack: Jamie Heaslip will be captain for this Test against Samoa

Ireland name squad for Samoa Test

IRELAND HAVE named a side to face Samoa in their first November Test, with a few little changes from Joe Schmidt before his first match in charge.

Apprentice: Tales has kept a close eye on Wilkinson

Tales wants French revenge on New Zealand

By Gavin Mortimer  AS TEST debuts go, they don’t come much tougher than the one endured by Remi Tales. The French fly-half replaced Frederic Michalak 64 minutes into the second…

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Match verdict: England 20-13 Australia

Firstly the good news. England needed to win and duly delivered, it was their eighth win in nine Test matches. That above all else was key as England continue to…

In the spotlight: O'Connor talks to the media with Brian Smith (left) at London Irish this week

Aviva Premiership One to Watch: James O’Connor

James O'Connor, the 23-year-old Australian utility back who joined London Irish this week and will make his debut for his new club against Northampton Saints at the Madejski Stadium on…

Turned a corner: Remi Tales

Is there an identity crisis for France?

The editorial in Monday’s edition of Midi Olympique pulled no punches. The national team is beset by a “gloomy lassitude”, declared the paper, brought on by a year in which…