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Ireland battered and bruised by France

7:01 AM   Ireland were left battered and bruised after losing 10-9 to France in the Six Nations on Saturday, their first defeat by Les Bleus for five years.

Stade de France reopens for first time since Paris attacks

Premier entertainment: French President Francois Hollande attended the match - the first at the venue since the Paris ...

Under tight security and in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, the Stade de France opened its gates on Saturday for the first time since the stadium was targeted in the deadly attacks which struck Paris in November.

France survive scare against Italy

Italy's Francesco Minto, left, and Alessandro Zanni, right, tackle France's Gael Fickou, center, during the Six Nations ...

Julien Pretot   Virimi Vakatawa and Jules Plisson shone in a new-look France team who had to fight hard against Italy in their Six Nations opener on Saturday.

Security at highest level for opener

Leading the French renaissance: Guy Noves.

Daniel Johnson   From nightmares to new beginnings. The Stade de France's hallowed turf was last used as a refuge for thousands fearing for their lives, but tomorrow it will host its first sporting event since that terrible night, a simple game of rugby, one this new-look French national team hope will bring a smile back to Parisians' faces.

Dusautoir calls time on international rugby

Calling it a day: Thierry Dusautoir.

​France captain Thierry Dusautoir, the 2011 World Player of the Year, has announced his retirement from international rugby.

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Cheika to fight for 'outstanding' Quade

Two Tests short: Quade Cooper won't qualify for the 60-Test rule.

Georgina Robinson   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he will pull out all stops to keep Quade Cooper playing in Australia despite news he would be unveiled by French club Toulon as early as Monday. 

All Blacks humiliate France in quarter-final

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 17:  Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks breaks through to score his team's ...

Julian Linden   New Zealand hammered France 62-13 to set up a clash with South Africa in the semi-finals.

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'I don't see a punch. I just see a fist in the face'

Richie McCaw receives treatment on the pitch.

Melanie Kembrey   It was semantics rather than the score that lit up social media after New Zealand's thrashing of France in the Rugby World Cup quarter final.

We won't dwell on past All Blacks upsets, Michalak says

Confident: Frederic Michalak finds space during France's match against Canada.

Julien Pretot   It would be a massive upset, but France believe they have the secret to reversing an eight-game losing streak against the mighty All Blacks to progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Omens, a 115kg horseman ... and Serge Blanco?

Open minded: Wales coach Warren Gatland.

Richard Shute   Wales coach Warren Gatland is banking on a slice of luck, and a small amount of superstition, as the Springboks loom large.

All Blacks name team to face France

Wing spot: Nehe Milner-Skudder will start for the All Blacks against France in Cardiff.

Liam Napier   Nehe Milner-Skudder's sharp feet have danced their way onto the much-debated right wing for the All Blacks' quarterfinal showdown with France.

Spirit of 2011 can lift France again: Retiere

On the up: Bernard Le Roux.

​France must rediscover their joie de vivre if they are to stand a chance of winning Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand, according to a member of the coaching team who helped Les Bleus to the 2011 final.

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Picamoles back for France against Ireland

Key man: Louis Picamoles of France will be a handful for Ireland.

Number eight Louis Picamoles will start France's Rugby World Cup Pool D decider against Ireland on Sunday.

France too strong for plucky Canada

Too hot to handle: France's Remy Grosso holds off Canada's Ciaran Hearn to go over in the corner.

France's superior fitness enabled them to eventually subdue and a spirited but error-prone Canada and claim a 41-18 victory on Thursday (Friday morning AEST).

Youthful France see off Romania

France's Rory Kockott poses with fans after the Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Romania at the Olympic ...

Martyn Herman   France march on, but their win over Romania poses more questions than answers.

France wing Huget out of World Cup

Ruled out: Yoann Huget of France takes on Luke McLean of Italy.

France suffered a first setback in their Rugby World Cup campaign when wing Yoann Huget was ruled out with a knee injury on Sunday.

Saint-Andre banks on World Cup fever to lift Les Bleus

Under fire: France rugby coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre urged French rugby supporters to cast aside their doubts about him and rally behind his squad as they head to England this weekend for the rugby World Cup.

Nakaitaci try gives France win over Scotland

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Julien Pretot   Noa Nakaitaci's late try spared France a first home defeat against Scotland in 16 years.

France name squad for Rugby World Cup

Sacre bleu: Francois Trinh-Duc hasn't made the World Cup cut for France.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has caused a major selection surprise by omitting experienced No.10 Francois Trinh-Duc from his squad for next month's Rugby World Cup in England.

France hang on to knock over England in World Cup warm-up

Victory: France's Remi Tales and Gael Fickou celebrate at the end of the match.

Ed Dove   France produced a dominant forward performance and withstood a late England fightback to secure a 25-20 victory in a World Cup warm-up match.

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