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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Les Bleus

All time
# Know Your Enemy
VIDEO: Here’s how France romped to victory over Argentina last night
It was another impressive performance showing from Les Bleus.
# Lille
Encore une fois! Saint-Andre demands repeat performance from France
The former Toulon coach is only too aware that France are capable of producing awful after awesome.
# New regime
Deschamps confirmed as Les Bleus manager
The former Chelsea midfielder takes over from Laurent Blanc.
# Les Bleus
Deschamps set to be named as the new France manager
The former Marseille coach will replace Laurent Blanc, who stepped down after the end of the European Championships.
# Changing Places
Deschamps quits Marseille hotseat
The 44-year-old is now the hot favourite to replace Laurent Blanc as manager of the French national side.
# changing rooms
Turning the air Bleus: France coach Blanc admits to dressing-room row
“When you’ve lost, you’re more hot-blooded. It got heated, but we all coolled down after a good shower.
# Premier League
Blue might be the colour as Blanc eyes Chelsea post
Former Manchester United defender refuses to rule out move to Stamford Bridge after France’s Euro2012 campaign.
# Six Nations
Rory Best to captain Ireland against Scotland on Saturday
Ulster man to lead out Ireland to face Andy Robinson’s side at Lansdowne Rd this weekend.
# shiner
This is what your face looks like after you almost beat France in Paris…
Mike Ross shows off some of the battle scars he left the Stade de France with on Sunday evening.
# Six Nations 2012
Opinion: A job half done in Paris
Ireland’s blitz defence very nearly delivered a famous win in Paris, but when the chips were down it was the attack which stuttered.
# tied
Saint-Andre solemn after Irish stalemate
‘Trust me, in the changing rooms, there was a feeling of failure in the air. It didn’t feel like a draw.’
# T-Bowe
'Nobody likes a draw' - Tommy Bowe deflated despite two-try performance
Bowe scored two tries that put the visitors within touching distance of a first win in Paris since 2000.
# Six Nations
Match report: France battle back to draw with Irish in Paris
The rescheduled clash, postponed from three weeks ago due to a frozen pitch, was well worth the wait.
# missed opportunity
Reaction: Kidney draws no comfort
The Irish coach admitted he was disappointed with a draw in Paris and is already looking ahead to Scotland’s visit to the Aviva.
# Forget Paris
'We left it behind us' - O'Connell frustrated by missed opportunity
“We’re playing some good rugby at times and we’re good enough to win these games so it’s very frustrating that we didn’t close it out.”
# marks out of 10
Six Nations: How Ireland rated
It was a close run thing and a massive collective effort. Here is our judgement on the 22 individual performances.
# Six Nations
Open thread: how will Ireland do against France this afternoon?
If they are to make it two wins from three, Ireland will have to earn their first win at the Stade de France since 2000.
# daddy cool
O'Driscoll Snr: Brian could return for Munster clash
Dr. Frank O’Driscoll thinks his son will be back in action in ‘three to four weeks’, in time for Leinster’s Heineken Cup defence and maybe even a trip to Thomond Park.
# Six Nations
Blow for Les Bleus as Maxime Medard facing lengthy injury lay-off
The full-back has revealed that he faces up to nine months out of action with a serious knee ligament injury.
# Six Nations
Groundhog day: do Ireland need a 7 to win in Paris?
Is Peter O’Mahony the the key to an Irish win in Paris this weekend?
# starting XV
As you were: Ireland unchanged for Paris return
Declan Kidney has stressed that an unchanged team does not mean that no thought went into the selection process.
# in the blue corner
Saint-Andre makes two changes for Ireland clash
The France coach has made one enforced and one tactical change as he urges his side to take Ireland “by the throat.”
# Plus ça change
Opinion: Paris beckons, but so does a problem at half back
Pride in the jersey is all well and good, but players should be reminded that it is not theirs to keep, it is only on loan.
# Six Nations 2012
Injury update: Quartet expected to retain starting place
Rob Kearney, Gordon D’Arcy, Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien are all expected to recover from the injuries sustained against Italy.
# thawing out
Cian Healy: time to get over French farce
After a few days of uncertainty in the Irish camp, the Leinster man says it’s time to get back to business.
# Early Thoughts
Open thread: how do you think Ireland will do in Paris tonight?
It’s a big night for the Irish rugby team – and for coach Declan Kidney. Join our open thread for a bit of pre-match chatter on tonight’s Six Nations game.
# Nostalgia
Memory lane: five classic clashes with the French
We’ve had our ups and downs with les Bleus over the years. More downs if truth be told, but it’s always compulsive viewing.
# Six Nations 2012
Worry: Sexton strain provokes Wallace call-up
The Ulster centre was gearing up to start for his province until Jonathan Sexton complained of ‘stiffness’ in his thigh.
# Breaking views
Here's what the French media are saying ahead of Saturday's game
The country’s journalists assess the Ireland team, or ‘the little green men’ as they are referred to in certain papers.
# Six Nations
'It brings out the best in you' - Jamie Heaslip looking forward to Paris trip
Ireland lost their opening Six Nations Championship game against Wales in Dublin last Sunday afternoon and face a daunting task to get their challenge back on track.
# Reaction
Same again: Just not good enough
Kidney’s unchanged line up shows no competition for places and no ambition. It could be a long night in the Stade de France.
# France
Eric Cantona seeking nomination to run for President of France
A report in France says Eric Cantona has written to the country’s mayors seeking the nomination of 500 to run against Sarkozy.
# Prospects
Three reasons why France can beat the All Blacks...
Ahead of Sunday’s World Cup Final, here’s why Les Bleus can surprise New Zealand and win the Webb Ellis.
# As You Were
Plus ca change... Lievremont names same French side for World Cup decider
France coach trusts the men who got him to the tournament decider as Les Bleus attempt to shock the All Blacks.
A Bluffer's Guide to... the Rugby World Cup
Still baffled by all this business in New Zealand? Let us take you by the hand and walk you through the tournament format.
# Optimism
Road-map to victory: 6 reasons Ireland can win the World Cup
Hey, why not? Here’s why Declan Kidney’s men can claim the Webb Ellis trophy in New Zealand next month.
# Six Nations
Lievremont rings changes as Parra kicked to touch
Warren Gatland looks to James Hook for Wales’ trip to Rome.
# Pause and engage
Ireland v France: as it happened
Join us on a massive afternoon of rugby for Irish rugby fans.
# Kick off
Six Nations preview: much to ponder as France shape up for another tilt
It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a rugby fan. We kick off our Six Nations preview with a look at the defending champs. Allez les bleus!
# Lord Gaga
What are you at Domenech, you absolute clown?
Former France coach in Thailand for poker tournament training camp. Like Blood Sport with cards.