Six Nations

Blue wall: Maxime Machenaud tries to find his way past the Italian defence

Six Nations: France 30-10 Italy

France remain unbeaten and travel to Cardiff in a fortnight looking for a third straight win. Little was expected after a turgid first-half affair, with kickers from both sides, Jean-Marc…

Crowd pleaser: Plisson is congratulated for the victory over England

Six Nations: Saint-Andre picks youth for Italy clash

What has happened to Philippe Saint-Andre? The once arch-conservative coach has sprung another surprise by handing 23-year-old Stade Francais Hugo Bonneval his first cap on the wing against Italy on…

Separated at birth?: The locks share similarities

Six Nations: Ireland v Wales. Five key battles

TOMORROW'S GAME has already provided acres of newsprint, social media debate and heated discussion in hostelries from Llangollen to Tipperary, and it's hardly surprising with more subplots than Dynasty providing…

Work in progress: Weir showed promise in Dublin

Scotland: Five things we learned v Ireland

AS INSIPID as an intro about Groundhog Day would be it, is cruelly apt that the famous holiday of fell on the same day as Scotland plodded into Dublin. In…

Stepping in: Heaslip was comfortable in the captain's role

Ireland: Five things we learned v Scotland

For the first time in a long time, players are not going to be guaranteed their position in the starting XV or matchday squad. Understandably the likes of Paul O’Connell…