For all the unpredictably that comes with a Six Nations trip to Paris, there will be certain lessons learned over the past two championships that should put Ireland in control of their destiny when they face a France side under new management.
Sat, 03 Feb, 2018
Devastation is a strong word to use in a mere sporting context, but it is one Cian Healy opted for yesterday as he contemplated the three-week ban handed to him in December for an ugly incident in Leinster’s Dublin defeat of Exeter Chiefs.
Fri, 02 Feb, 2018
Despite having watched a couple of French front rows disappear into his rearview mirror, Munster prop Stephen Archer is not expecting any reduction in intensity tomorrow when the Guinness PRO14 campaign resumes with a trip to interprovincial rivals Connacht.
Thu, 26 Oct, 2017
Tadhg Furlong’s impact since assuming the role of first-choice tighthead with Ireland has been immense but he has some way to go before matching Mike Ross’ ability to dissect the scrum’s dark arts on behalf of your average Joe.
Thu, 23 Feb, 2017
Sat, 21 Jan, 2017
So much for the French unpredictability. The world and its mother knew Racing 92 would take a scalpel to the side that earned a losing bonus point away to Toulon in last week’s domestic fixture and the reigning Top 14 champions duly performed significant surgery.
Sat, 07 Jan, 2017
Mon, 15 Feb, 2016
He may have packed his bags and left Paris for good, but Jonathan Sexton continues to hold a fascination for the French, some of whom have made no secret of their intent to target the Ireland number ten ahead of Sunday’s Pool D meeting between the sides in Cardiff.
Thu, 08 Oct, 2015