Top14 and all French rugby banned until September

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Top14 rugby and French legs of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge quarter finals are in major doubts following the news that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has banned all sporting events until September. There are also plans to keep crowds from events until January. Season unlikely to be finished It’s back to the drawing […] READ MORE


4 weeks for Manu Tuilagi – why was Jones not reprimanded too?

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“Why was Manu Tuilagi only sanctioned?” That is the reaction after World Rugby suspended the England Rugby player yet, excluded any reprimand for head coach Eddie Jones, who seemed to rebuke the match officials in last weekend’s Six Nations International. The England supremo had been explicit in his disdain for New Zealand referee Ben Skeen, […] READ MORE


French rugby renaissance good for northern hemisphere competition

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With three wins from three played, many are wondering if the French are back to their best. Are we witnessing a French rugby renaissance? A strong start in 2020 saw four valuable points gained in their opening Six Nations match victory over England. Within sixty minutes of game two (against Italy) the try bonus point […] READ MORE


Fabien Galthié brings fresh French Rugby flair in 2020 squad

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Introduced into the head coach position, Fabien Galthié is hopeful of bringing a fresh brand of French Rugby flair, with his youthful 2020 Six Nations squad. Evidence of this will only come during the Guinness Six Nations championship, which begins on Saturday, February 1. Yet the fresh new leadership is a clear pointer to the […] READ MORE


Pacific Nations: How can they compete against the Tier One nations?

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The Pacific Nations arguably produces some of the best players in world rugby but, their sides struggle to perform. A major talking point pre-World Cup was the number of players from the Pacific playing for the Tier One nations. However, Fiji showed glimpses of their world-class quality in the first half against Australia; as well […] READ MORE



French cannot catch a break against All Blacks: third test loss 49-14

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Unfavourable is the feeling that Les Bleus will hold, after more incidents of referee calls did not fall their way against the All Blacks in Dunedin. In what seems to be a case of that the ‘French cannot catch a break’ seemed to cloud another All Blacks 49-14 win. What was clear, was that an […] READ MORE