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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