Sport Jules Plisson will make his France debut against England

Plisson will parter Jean-Marc Doussain while Pascal Pape will skipper Les Blues in the absence of Thierry Dusautoir

Philippe Saint-André is having to deal with serious issues in the French game

Import frenzy leaves Philippe Saint-André running low on true-bleus

France has 250 foreign players in its top-flight which is doing little to help the national team

Alex Goode

Six Nations: England's strength a product of the Premiership claims Alex Goode

England take on France at Twickenham this weekend

The breakfast room at Côté Carmes

B&B and Beyond: Côté Carmes, Toulouse, France

A restored 16th-century house brings up-cycled style to the heart of south-west France, as Laura Holt discovers

Vincent Clerc pulled up in the second half of Toulouse’s win over Biarritz on Friday and is out for eight to ten days

Saint-André slams 'crazy' fixture list as France lose three players

France will name their 23 players tomorrow for next Sunday's Six Nations Championship match against Italy shorn of three backs from the original longlist including Vincent Clerc, Les Bleus' second-highest all-time try scorer.

Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle target Moussa Sissoko suspended by club amid transfer feud

Midfielder looks set to join during the current transfer window

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa drew interest from Arsenal

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa becomes lastest addition to Newcastle's French legion

Defender completes £6.7m switch to St James' Park

On the right track: visitors take in the sights of Oslo visit Norway

My life in travel: Kate Mosse

‘I love the relaxed attitude in Norway’

Therapist is blamed for patient's crime

A French psychiatrist has been convicted of manslaughter after her patient murdered an elderly man.

The man of the match, wing Eli Walker

Heineken Cup round-up: Parra leaves Leinster facing early exit

Leinster's hopes of winning the Heineken Cup for the third season in a row were dealt a blow when they were defeated for a second time by Clermont-Auvergne, who lead Pool Five by eight points.

Adam Thompstone scored one of the best tries

Leicester pressure pays off in last-ditch escape

Benetton Treviso 13 Leicester Tigers 14

Steffon Armitage has been in great form for Toulon this year

Former England international Steffon Armitage faces doping verdict

Former England international Steffon Armitage will have to wait until next week to discover whether he will be banned by the French Rugby Federation for failing a drugs test in June.

David Flatman: Benefits of artificial pitches are about as clear as mud

From the Front Row: Clement Poitrenaud said: 'This place is impossible.' I thought: 'We've got you'
Jamie Roberts has yet to sign a new deal with Cardiff and is wanted by French clubs

Cardiff battle to keep Roberts in Wales

Cardiff Blues are showing more backbone in the fight to retain the services of the Lions centre Jamie Roberts than they displayed in their Heineken Cup surrender to Sale three days ago.

Leicester outplayed by Toulouse in Heineken Cup opener

Toulouse 23 Leicester 9

Samir Nasri's goal proved to be the winner when he netted the final goal of the game

France exile continues for Samir Nasri and Hatem Ben Arfa as latest squad is announced

France coach Didier Deschamps felt it was not “the right time” to recall Samir Nasri even though the Manchester City midfielder has completed his three-match suspension.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee