John Barclay will captain a Scotland side featuring five changes for the Six Nations encounter at home to Wales.
PARIS, Feb 23 (Reuters) - France manager Guy Noves on Thursday named the following team to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday:
Six Nations 2017: Flats and Shanks hit the road before round three of the Six Nations. Who needs directions?
Front-rowers Ben Moon, Carl Rimmer and Shaun Malton all extend their contracts at Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
Northampton chairman Tony Hewitt will step down at the end of the season, to be replaced by ex-Saints player John White.
Rugby fan John Goldman started playing the game aged 50. More than 25 years later he's still going strong and even tackles trees for practice.
SYDNEY, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley has been withdrawn from the New South Wales Waratahs side for their Super Rugby opener against Western Force in Sydney on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a pre-season head knock.
WELLINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - World Rugby's Player of the Year Beauden Barrett will be on the bench for the Wellington Hurricanes in their Super Rugby opener against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.
Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond is banned for six weeks by the Rugby Football Union for verbally abusing match officials.
English clubs' proposal to condense the Six Nations into five consecutive weeks would be "impossible" for players, Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says.
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says reported plans to condense the Six Nations into five consecutive weeks from 2020 would be "impossible" for players.
Wales back Liam Williams says his switch to Saracens from Scarlets is motivated by an ambition to win more trophies.
LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - England centre Jonathan Joseph been left out of the squad to face Italy in the Six Nations as coach Eddie Jones prepares to field a new-look midfield in Sunday's game at Twickenham.
Owen Farrell hails the "massive understanding" of England coaching consultant Jonny Wilkinson as he prepares to win his 50th Test cap.
LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - For all their youthful exuberance and attacking ambition, Scotland's inexperience at the scrum - a rich seam of points in northern hemisphere international rugby - is holding them back from being Six Nations title contenders.