The Exeter wing gets his chance in Paris against France
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.
France play at Twickenham this weekend
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
Wales defeated at home by Ireland
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
England coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed there are no plans to change the policy of not selecting players from outside the Aviva Premiership despite seeing another contender leave for France.
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.