GEORGINA ROBINSON Gifts come in many guises and Wallabies second rower Will Skelton could be just what the Wallabies need leading into next year's World Cup.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has recalled versatile back Hugo Bonneval and flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to the starting side for the third and final test against Australia in Sydney, as Les Bleus bid to avoid a series sweep.
RUPERT GUINNESS There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third and final Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of international experience.
RUPERT GUINNESS French back Mathieu Bastareaud believes Wallabies coach Ewen Mckenzie is a "mysterious" man who keeps things close to his chest.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies shrugged off a controversial no-try ruling and a late raid by a re-energised France to claim a 6-0 win and series bragging rights in Melbourne on Saturday.
RUPERT GUINNESS It didn't take French centre Wesley Fofana to play against Israel Folau in last week's first Test against Australia in Brisbane to be convinced about the Wallabies fullback's world class ability.
RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer believes that France will be at their "most dangeorus" and Australia at their "most vulnerable" going into Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.
France coach Phillippe Saint-Andre claims he had little choice but to swing the selection axe following Les Bleus' first Test thrashing by the Wallabies.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies shrugged off the devastating loss of a new captain within a minute of kick-off to demolish a bamboozled France and notch their fifth win in a row for the first time since 2008.
RUPERT GUINNESS If the Wallabies allow France to gain an early physical upper hand in the first of three Tests, they will do so at their own peril, warns former Test playmaker Matt Giteau.
Jonny Wilkinson ended his glittering career in style, almost predictably kicking European champions Toulon to the French Top 14 title with a 18-10 victory against Castres on Saturday.
PAUL CULLY The French finished fourth in this year's Six Nations and do not look equipped to beat the Wallabies away from home.
RUPERT GUINNESS French coach Philippe Saint Andre recalls his playing days with amusement, but there will be nothing lighthearted when his French team plays the Wallabies in a three-Test series next month.
Oliver Brown Jonny Wilkinson admits fears over step into the unknown as he confirms he will bring glittering career to a close at end of the season, writes Oliver Brown in Toulon.
GEORGINA ROBINSON French rugby has attracted worldwide condemnation after a player for Top 14 team Toulouse was allowed to return to the field after suffering a severe head knock.
Luke Phillips Self-styled caveman Sebastien Chabal retired from rugby on Sunday, the French forward bowing out with critics split over his rugby-playing abilities but no one in doubt over his role as a "monument to marketing".
France will travel to Australia eyeing a successful three-Test tour ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, coach Phillippe Saint-Andre said on Tuesday.
Former France utility forward Sebastien Chabal, capped 62 times between 2000 and 2011, will end his 16-year playing career on Sunday.
Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points to lift Toulon to a 24-16 Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster on Sunday, keeping alive their hopes of becoming the third side to successfully defend the title.
Pirate Irwin South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday.
Luke Phillips Five-time champions and two-time European Cup runners-up Biarritz were relegated from French rugby's Top 14 on Saturday ending an 18-year stay in the elite division.
Pirate Irwin Ireland won the Six Nations title on Saturday with a thrilling 22-20 victory over France to give iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll the perfect end to his stellar international career.
Coach Philippe Saint-Andre volunteered Thursday to be the scapegoat for France's much criticised performances as he brought back powerhouse Louis Picamoles for the Six Nations rugby decider against Ireland.
France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Julian Guyer France coach Philippe Saint-Andre is looking for fewer "cry-babies" and more discipline from his side when they try to get their Six Nations campaign back on track away to Scotland on Saturday.
Wales coach Warren Gatland was an unusually happy man on Friday after a try in each half earned a third successive win over France and put them back in the hunt to retain their Six Nations crown.
Pirate Irwin Paris: A devastating burst of 21 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half saw France beat Italy 30-10 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Sunday and record back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2012.
Barnaby Chesterman A brilliant late Gael Fickou try helped France to a stunning 26-24 win over England in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Mathieu Bastareaud tells Mick Cleary in an exclusive interview how England legend is helping him add skill to mountainous size.