Ireland overcame a stubborn France side 19-9 on Saturday to move top of the Six Nations standings and stay on course for a possible title showdown against defending champions England.
With the power came the glory. A week after withstanding a second-half shellacking against Ireland, Scotland were blown away in a brutally confrontational second half by a pack which exposed their vulnerability to sheer muscle.
England's growing strength in depth was underlined in bold at Twickenham as the influx of replacements in the last 20 minutes dragged the initiative from France and helped the Six Nations champions battle out a 19-16 victory.
Jan 18 (Reuters) - France have selected four uncapped players in the squad to face England at Twickenham in their Six Nations opener next month.
In beating Samoa last week, the French looked like they could actually play rugby again.
Wallabies fans will be able to watch the anticipated re-match between Australia and Eddie Jones' England on free-to-air television after SBS secured a late deal to broadcast two of the four remaining spring tour Test matches.
England ran in three tries to complete their first grand slam triumph since 2003 with a 31-21 Six Nations victory over arch-rivals France at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Bernard Lapasset will not seek re-election as chairman of World Rugby in May so that he can focus his attention on spearheading Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
France captain Thierry Dusautoir, the 2011 World Player of the Year, has announced his retirement from international rugby.
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.
New Zealand hammered France 62-13 to set up a clash with South Africa in the semi-finals.
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.
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.
Wales coach Warren Gatland is banking on a slice of luck, and a small amount of superstition, as the Springboks loom large.
Nehe Milner-Skudder's sharp feet have danced their way onto the much-debated right wing for the All Blacks' quarterfinal showdown with France.
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.