France

French legend rejects allegations of doping

12:48 PM   Philippe Saint-Andre rubbishes talk French players were 'loaded' during their win over the ABs in 1986.

French court orders more investigation in Armitage case

Toulon player Steffon Armitage.

Jean-Francois Rosnoblet   A French court sent back the case against England rugby forward Steffon Armitage, who is accused of assaulting a man in the port city of Toulon where he plays, for further investigation on Tuesday.

Pascal Pape banned for 10 weeks

Banned: France's lock Pascal Pape.

Jeremy Marot   A Six Nations disciplinary committee has banned French lock Pascal Pape for 10 weeks for a knee in the back foul that left Ireland's Jamie Heaslip with three fractured vertebrae.

Bloodied Sexton boots Ireland to victory

Jonathan Sexton of Ireland is given treatment for a cut to his eye. The Ireland fly-half suffered four concussions last year.

Pirate Irwin   Fly-half Jonathan Sexton produced a man of the match performance on his return after a 12 week absence to inspire defending Six Nations champions Ireland to an 18-11 victory over France at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Lopez's boot saves France against wasteful Scotland

Huge unit: France's Uini Atonio is tackled by Scotland's Blair Cowan (L) and Dougie Fife (R).

Julien Pretot   France looked set for a difficult Six Nations campaign after labouring to a 15-8 home win against Scotland in their opening game on Saturday.

Dusautoir admits international career is near end

One of the best: France captain Thierry Dusautoir is widely respected throughout world rugby.

France rugby captain Thierry Dusautoir believes this could be his last Six Nations tournament as he gears up to face Scotland in Paris.

Les Rouges! France to wear red against Scots

Les Rouges: Centre Wesley Fofana models France's red jersey for their Six Nations opener against Scotland.

Julien Pretot   Fifty years of rugby tradition was washed away as France will wear red jerseys against Scotland.

South African Rory Kockott to start for France

Run-on squad: South African-born Rory Kockott will make his first start for France at halfback in their Six Nations opener against Scotland.

Julien Pretot   South African-born Rory Kockott was handed his first start for France in side to face Scotland.

Is the biggest man to have played for France?

A 146-kg monster: Uini Atonio made his debut for France against Fiji last November.

Unofficially the biggest man to pull on a French rugby jersey makes cut for a Six Nations debut.

Armitage arrested over attack

Toulon player Steffon Armitage.

European rugby 2014 player of the year questioned by police about assault committed at a boozy party.

Clermont winger Nakaitaci included in France squad

Fijian flyer: Uncapped Clermont winger Noa Nakaitaci has been included in France's Six Nations squad.

France have included Fiji-born winger Noa Nakaitaci in a provisional 31-man squad for the Six Nations.

Argentina's drop goals sink France

Tomas Cubelli unleashes a box kick against France.

Argentina produced a tactical masterclass to beat France 18-13 at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

Vaea's rugby career gets French lifeline

Ita Vaea during his comeback with the  Eagles in the National Rugby Championship this year.

Chris Dutton   DUBLIN: Former ACT Brumby Ita Vaea will get the chance to revive his professional rugby career in France when he joins Grenoble on Friday, more than two years after blood clots on his heart almost killed him.

France's Thomas demoted after missing training

Demoted: Wing Teddy Thomas has been left out of France's side to face Argentina after missing a training session.

Julian Linden and Julien Pretot   France wing Teddy Thomas has been replaced by Maxime Medard their test against Argentina after he missed a training session.

Kurtley Beale welcomed back in to Wallabies fold

Bubbly: Kurtley Beale's 'enthusiasm' is seen as a boost to the tourists

Chris Dutton   Wallabies players adamant Kurtly Beale has nothing to prove to them when he joins the team in camp after a turbulent six weeks.

Wallabies lose to France in brutal clash

French celebrations after the final whistle.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika lamented unacceptable errors after his team stuttered and stumbled its way to the first defeat of its spring tour of Europe.

French forward in doubt for Wallabies Test

In doubt: Yoann Maestri.

France lock Yoann Maestri remains a doubt for Saturday's rugby Test against Australia due to an abdominal problem.

France coach keeps faith in team

Set for a run at the Wallabies: Scott Spedding.

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre kept faith in the team who beat Fiji when he named his starting line-up for Saturday's clash against Australia at the Stade de France.

Thomas hat-trick on debut for France

Hat-trick hero: Teddy Thomas scores for France.

Barnaby Chesterman   Teddy Thomas scored a hat-trick of tries on his France debut and South African-born Scott Spedding also shone on his first appearance for Les Bleus in a 40-15 victory over Fiji in Marseille on Saturday.

Fifteen-week ban for French club coach

Banned: Laurent Labit.

The backline coach at Racing Metro, Laurent Labit, on Thursday was handed a 15-week ban for his disparaging comments against the referee in his side's 23-19 Top 14 loss to Stade Francais last month.