Sexton will be the only member of Ireland's squad in action this weekend while Schmidt also confirms Keith Earls is a serious doubt for the championship
Les Bleus overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit in Paris
Italian rugby folk have frequently had cause to bemoan their misfortune – the Azzurri are no strangers to being diddled out of important victories by referees or being betrayed by World Cup fixture planners – so it would be just their luck to host a Heineken Cup final for the first time in a season when no one turns up. Yesterday, the tournament organisers declared that the 2015 showpiece would be played at the 80,000-capacity San Siro in Milan. It may prove a year too late.
Spain take on Finland in a World Cup qualifier this week
Wales take on Italy in Rome this weekend
Millennium Eye: I thoroughly enjoyed it – one of the best days I’ve had in a red jersey
Wales captain among favourites to captain the Lions this summer
Father ran on to pitch in Paris to celebrate his son's try
With West Ham due next week to be named as preferred bidders, Robin Scott-Elliot answers the key questions
Saracens 30 Racing Metro 13: Pool One leaders make themselves at home in Belgium to beat Racing
Les Bleus were caught short by an impressive England and paid the price for some conservative tactics, writes Hugh Godwin
Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in Paris
Paul O'Connell, the Ireland captain, is champing at the bit to get back into the action against Italy in Dublin today, and says his side's enforced three-week lay-off nearly drove him crazy.
Tackling The Issues
Ireland's postponed match against France has been rescheduled for Sunday March 4, Six Nations Rugby Ltd have confirmed.
Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes are in contention to face Wales at Twickenham on February 25 after being recalled to the England squad by interim coach Stuart Lancaster.