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French rugby great Christophe Dominici dies aged 48

News announced by winger’s club Stade FrancaisBrian O’Driscoll among many to pay tributeFrench rugby union star Christophe Dominici has died at the age of 48. The news was announced by Stade Français, for whom he played for 11 years, while he was cappe…

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Virimi Vakatawa scores decisive try in France’s win over Scotland

Scotland 15-22 FranceFrance top Autumn Nations Cup Group BFrance have beaten Scotland 22-15 in their Autumn Nations Cup match at Murrayfield. Related: Scotland v France: Autumn Nations Cup – live! Continue reading…

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Scotland v France: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at MurrayfieldHogg and Scotland aiming for landmark victory against France Any comments? You can email Luke | Tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 2.31pm GMT If you missed it, Wales scored a much-needed win against Georgia in Ll…

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Stuart Hogg and Scotland aiming for landmark victory against France

Sixth straight win would match past grand-slam winnersPlace in final likely to go to the winner at MurrayfieldA place alongside some of the finest teams in Scottish history beckons Gregor Townsend’s new model tartan army on Sunday, statistically speaki…

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Fiji Covid-19 crisis forces cancellation of Scotland Autumn Nations Cup clash

Third Fiji game to be called off after Italy and France Scotland make five changes for game against Les BleusScotland’s Autumn Nations Cup fixture with Fiji at Murrayfield on 28 November has been cancelled after the Pacific Islanders’ squad was decimat…

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Positive Covid tests in Fiji squad lead to cancellation of France match

Autumn Nations Cup thrown into chaos by the newsFiji unable to field a competitive teamThe opening weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup has been thrown into chaos with Sunday’s match between France and Fiji called off after a further four positive cases i…

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France’s Autumn Nations Cup opener in doubt after Covid outbreak for Fiji

Two Fijians confirmed positive and in isolationFurther tests going ahead to assess match’s viabilityFiji’s Autumn Nations Cup opener against France on Sunday has been cast into doubt amid a Covid-19 outbreak in the Pacific islanders’ squad, with tourna…

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The Breakdown | Wales’ loss of Shaun Edwards has very much been France’s gain

Hosts of the 2023 World Cup are on course to rival England for European supremacy thanks to ‘extraordinary’ defence coachAs France look to build on their best Six Nations campaign for 10 years, their prop Mohamed Haouas can reflect on a punch that cost…

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The Breakdown | Wales’ loss of Shaun Edwards has very much been France’s gain

Hosts of the 2023 World Cup are on course to rival England for European supremacy thanks to ‘extraordinary’ defence coachAs France look to build on their best Six Nations campaign for 10 years, their prop Mohamed Haouas can reflect on a punch that cost…

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State of the nations: how the Autumn Nations Cup contenders shape up | Robert Kitson

England should be more ambitious, Georgia can show what they can do while Wales could face a long monthEngland Continue reading…

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France take win but not title as Dupont and Ntamack sparkle against Ireland

France 35-27 IrelandAntoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack impress for runners-upNo miracles in Paris, but France were almost more impressive in winning by less than the 31-point margin that would have brought them the title. They were happy to let that gon…

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France v Ireland: Six Nations 2020 decider – live!

Six Nations updates from Stade de France, kick-off 8.05pm GMTEngland’s bonus-point win in Italy puts pressure on IrishAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet @Bloodandmud 8.13pm GMT 5 mins. Murray, who appears to have replaced his foot with a ICBM launcher…

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England will bring thunder for a potentially classic Six Nations finale | Ugo Monye

The sport needs every week to be a super Saturday, not a one-off extravaganza, if it is to broaden its appealIf Super Saturday truly lives up to its billing it will be bittersweet. On the one hand, we have three teams still in with a genuine chance of …

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Six Nations is England’s to lose but be prepared for late unforeseen twists | Robert Kitson

Logic would identify England and France as the two strongest contenders, but the ball is in Ireland’s court if there is to be an alternative outcomePrecious little about this year’s Six Nations championship has unfolded as anticipated in January. Here …

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Wales fall to Dupont for fourth loss in a row as France stay in Six Nations hunt

France 38-21 WalesAlun Wyn Jones equals Richie McCaw’s world caps recordAlun Wyn Jones’s record-equalling night in Paris ended with a fourth straight Wales defeat as his team paid the price for a poor defensive display.The captain matched Richie McCaw’…

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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 …