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Dublin: 2 °C Monday 2 March, 2015

#France

# france-rugby - Saturday 28 February, 2015

Wasteful France allow Wales leave Paris with valuable win

Between missed kicks and squandered overlaps, the French left a lot of points out there.

# france-rugby - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Pascal Pape and rugby’s Twitter apologists engaging in the fine art of PR spin

The French player took to social media to say sorry for injuring the Ireland and Leinster star.

# france-rugby - Tuesday 24 February, 2015

The French rugby team of the 80s ran on amphetamines according to a new book

“They each had their little pill in front of their plates for the meal before the match,” according to the French team doctor of the time.

# france-rugby - Thursday 19 February, 2015

Pascal Pape handed 10-week ban for Jamie Heaslip incident

For you, Pascal, the tournament is over.

# france-rugby - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Jamie Heaslip accepts Papé apology after knee to back fractures three verebrae

The pair seemed to make amends on Twitter this evening.

# france-rugby - Monday 16 February, 2015

Fractures to three vertebrae mean Jamie Heaslip is out of the England game

The Ireland number eight may also miss the clash with Wales later next month.

Analysis: Missed try-scoring chance the biggest frustration for Schmidt’s Ireland

We break down the moment when Ireland should have crossed the tryline against the French.

Joe Schmidt is a ‘magician’ – The French media reaction to Ireland’s win

There are concerns about the ‘incredible’ Johnny Sexton’s tackling technique.

France lock Pascal Papé cited for incident that left Jamie Heaslip injured

Wayne Barnes sin binned Papé in the 52nd minute of play in Dublin on Saturday.

Murray maintains Ireland’s need for improvement as build-up to England begins

The scrum-half was happy with his team’s defensive effort against France but says their exiting must be better.

Here’s The42′s team of the week after the second round of the Six Nations

There is a healthy Irish representation after their win over France.

# france-rugby - Sunday 15 February, 2015

Sean O’Brien delivers one of the best clear-outs you’re likely to see this season

The 28-year-old openside provided one of the outstanding individual moments of yesterday’s game.

‘Ireland are in pole position to do the Grand Slam’ – France prop Uini Atonio

The gigantic front row says Joe Schmidt’s men are the ‘front runners’ to win the championship.

Ireland’s discipline unsatisfactory as referee Wayne Barnes comes under scrutiny

Paul O’Connell admitted to some frustration with the breakdown area.

Papé faces citing as Ireland’s Heaslip awaits results of scan on worrying back injury

The Ireland number eight underwent medical tests in Dublin last night after being kneed by the France lock.

# france-rugby - Saturday 14 February, 2015

Birthday boy O’Brien relieved to survive late French onslaught

“You’re just getting up and trying to find a blue shirt.”

Ireland captain O’Connell left frustrated despite rare win over France

The legendary lock felt Joe Schmidt’s side released the pressure on les Blues at crucial times.

Schmidt: ‘We knew Johnny was ok’ after collision with Bastareaud

The Ireland out-half will return to Racing Métro next week to prepare for a Top 14 clash with Clermont.

Out of 10: How we rated Ireland in a hard fought Six Nations victory over France

Out of 10: How we rated Ireland in a hard fought Six Nations victory over France

It was a rough night for everyone out there.

Battered and bruised, but Sexton guides Ireland to victory over France

The out-half put his concussion struggles behind him with five penalties against Les Bleus.

As it happened: Ireland vs France, The Six Nations

Can Joe Schmidt’s men make it two from two?

O’Connell still annoyed by Paris endgame as he seeks out another rare win over France

Ireland’s captain has only tasted victory over Les Bleus twice, and both led to Championship success.

Magnificent muddied ballerinas and bruisers in RTÉ’s ballet-inspired Six Nations promo Build Up This post contains videos

Magnificent muddied ballerinas and bruisers in RTÉ’s ballet-inspired Six Nations promo

‘The bigger they come, the harder they fall,’ explains Tom McGurk.

Analysis: 5 keys if Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are to beat France in Dublin

We look at the kicking game, Bastareaud, the breakdown, France’s maul and Camille Lopez.

‘This is a good team, but not the best Ireland team we’ve seen in the last 10 years’

Former French star Thomas Castaignède spoke to The42 ahead of the weekend’s big game.

Who are the new French faces and how much danger do they pose for Ireland?

French rugby journalist Arnaud Coudry lended his expertise on the less familiar French players.

France captain Dusautoir: ‘I don’t view Johnny Sexton as a target’

The Toulouse back row has moved to reduce any perceived tension ahead of the Six Nations clash.

# france-rugby - Friday 13 February, 2015

How well do you remember Ireland’s dramatic Six Nations win in Paris last year?

How many details can you recall from the day Ireland won the championship?

One French journalist had a very French description of Zebo’s role in the Ireland team

Zebo’s improvisational style would be right at home in the French side.

‘Even when we win, there is criticism’ – Fofana ignores the negativity as France land in Dublin

French media focusing on Les Bleus’ failure to score a try against Scotland.

Carolan’s ambitious Ireland U20s set for visit of highly-rated France

Prop Oisin Heffernan explains how the head coach is making his players more ‘independent’.

Joe Schmidt: My Ireland team has licence to offload and take risks

The Kiwi head coach explains his philosophy around risk taking on the pitch.

Join us for the Ireland-France game with Off The Ball and win a trip to Edinburgh

We’re lining out with guests like Keith Wood and Shane Jennings before the big game in the Aviva.

# france-rugby - Thursday 12 February, 2015

It’s been five years since the Toulon Tank took on BOD – and made beating him look easy

The power of Mathieu Bastareaud was felt by O’Driscoll at the Stade de France in 2010.

# france-rugby - Wednesday 11 February, 2015

Heading to the match at the Aviva on Saturday? You can order your drink with a new app now

Heading to the match at the Aviva on Saturday? You can order your drink with a new app now

The days of scrumming down at a crowded Lansdowne Road bar before kick off are behind us.

We’ll Leave it There So: France name starting XV, Scholes calls Savage a ‘knobhead’ and all today’s sport

Meanwhile, there was plenty of drama in both the Leinster and Munster Schools Cup matches today.

‘Few international tightheads can play 80 minutes, they turn into passengers’

The 23-year-old pretender to Mike Ross’ throne is growing more confident by the cap.

# france-rugby - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

Bowe: Joe Schmidt not happy to simply wait for attack to find a rhythm

There’s much more to come from Ireland, because the coaches demand it.

Sexton ‘raring to go’ as Ireland welcome (almost) a full house to training

Only Rory Best did not play a full part in this morning’s session at Carton House.

# france-rugby - Monday 9 February, 2015

Fitness ‘won’t be an issue’ for Sexton after three-month absence — Murray

The Munster playmaker felt in good shape against Italy despite the restrictions to his training schedule in the past month.

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