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My favourite game: France v New Zealand, 1999 Rugby World Cup

Underdogs turned the rugby world upside down to beat the odds-on All Blacks and create one of the greatest games in the history of the tournamentIn these dark days the unscripted drama of live sport feels more important than ever. The second World Cup …

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Quiz: how much do you know about the Six Nations?

Who scored 26 tries? Who lost badly? Who dislikes ‘sausages’? More quizzes: commentators, globetrotters, managers and keepersHow many grand slams did Wales win under their former head coach Warren Gatland?NoneOneThreeFiveWho is the leading points-score…

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The Breakdown | Vive la différence: French rugby tome still resonates 60 years on

The Rise of French Rugby, written in 1960, offers insights into the Gallic game as it was then, and partly still is nowSixty years ago, two writers decided on a book explaining the history and unique features of French rugby before the national side’s …

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The Breakdown | Vive la différence: French rugby tome still resonates 60 years on

The Rise of French Rugby, written in 1960, offers insights into the Gallic game as it was then, and partly still is nowSixty years ago, two writers decided on a book explaining the history and unique features of French rugby before the national side’s …

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My favourite game: France v England, Rugby World Cup 1991 | Martin Pengelly

Punches flew and the crowd bayed for blood on that fevered day in Paris when England rode the storm to a famous victoryFrance v England in the quarter-finals of the 1991 Rugby World Cup wasn’t really rugby: it was an 80-minute history play, a piece of …

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Six Nations: talking points from a tournament striving for an outcome

Scotland’s win over France hands England a chance for the title – while Ireland wait in the wingsLeaving aside Manu Tuilagi’s red card and Joe Marler’s bizarre piece of handiwork England had reason to be quietly encouraged by their last Six Nations out…

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Six Nations: what we learned from the weekend the French dream died

The scoreline at Twickenham flattered Wales, while France were pragmatic in pursuit of bonus points rather than chasing the grand slam as the clock wound down at MurrayfieldMuch was made in the build-up of the intention of both sides to play with an ed…

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Scotland make France pay for Mohammed Haouas punch and red card

Scotland 28-17 FranceFrance prop sent off late in the first halfFrance’s hopes of their first Grand Slam in a decade were ended by their own undiscipline and by a Scotland side whose strong defence – their forte previously in this Six Nations – was mat…

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Scotland v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offFrance can ‘see the sun’ but remain wary of ScotlandYou can email Lee here with your thoughts 2.20pm GMT More pre-match readingGregor Townsend is impressed with Galthie’s work so far. Related: Scotland’s Tow…

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France ‘can see the sun again’ in Six Nations but remain wary of Scotland | Paul Rees

Les Bleus go to Murrayfield with the grand slam in reach and Gaël Fickou says they now have the tools to challenge the bestFrance have arrived in the danger zone. A team that were treated dismissively by Eddie Jones at the start of the Six Nations, wer…

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Scotland’s Townsend praises former teammate Galthié’s French revolution

Coaches played together for French Barbarians in 2004Townsend shuffles his forward pack for Murrayfield tieGregor Townsend was Fabien Galthié’s half-back partner when the France head coach signed off his playing career in 2004 with a farewell outing fo…

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Paris summit will attempt to break possible Six Nations deadlock | Paul Rees

The spread of the coronavirus may mean the tournament’s end may be delayed until the autumnThe Six Nations organisers meet in Paris on Monday to discuss contingency plans after fears over the cross-border spread of the coronavirus forced the postponeme…

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Six Nations: talking points from a thrilling third round

Italy will surely improve by trying to play positive, entertaining rugby while Stuart Hogg showcases his talent for ScotlandItaly have failed to score a point in two out of three Six Nations matches so far. While that is the dismal reality for the coac…

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France’s Paul Willemse thankful knock-on effects were not too severe

The lock’s infringement could have been punished by a penalty try and a yellow card had it been judged deliberatePaul Willemse, France’s try-scoring lock, has confessed he was on tenterhooks as the officials deliberated over his knock-on in Cardiff. Wa…

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Scotland need to step up if we are to deny France, admits McInally

‘We can be so much better,’ says Edinburgh forward‘We’ll back ourselves against anyone at Murrayfield’Stuart McInally accepts Scotland will have to make major improvements again if they are to wreck France’s grand slam bid at Murrayfield.While Les Bleu…

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Bamba ‘went across the scrum and was rewarded for it’, says livid Wayne Pivac

• Wales coach aggrieved by late penalty for France• Pivac: ‘You’ve got to go with the team with forward motion’Wayne Pivac counted the cost of Wales’s first home defeat in the Six Nations for three years and their first against France in 10. Wales lost…

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Fabien Galthié and Shaun Edwards’ French revolution outmuscles Wales | Ian Malin

France showed no signs of travel sickness to quieten the Cardiff crowd and remain in the hunt for a grand slam triumphIt used to be a cliche to say that France do not travel well in this competition and always save their best to spring when the sun of …

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Fabien Galthié and Shaun Edwards’ French revolution outmuscles Wales | Ian Malin

France showed no signs of travel sickness to quieten the Cardiff crowd and remain in the hunt for a grand slam triumphIt used to be a cliche to say that France do not travel well in this competition and always save their best to spring when the sun of …

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France stay on grand slam trail as Romain Ntamack shatters Wales

• Wales 23-27 France• Ntamack sparkles in Cardiff with kicking and 40-metre tryAt last, France look back. Against the very team who have driven them to distraction of late, this latest incarnation of brazen French youngsters held their nerve as an all-…

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Wales v France: Six Nations 2020 – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-offItaly v Scotland – live with Luke McLaughlinEmail Lee here or tweet at @bloodandmud 4.18pm GMT Where will this game be decided, then?Wales’ defence was very narrow vs Ireland and also saw a number of play…