Toulouse aiming for double after Top 14 final round

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Stade Toulousain are the team to beat following the conclusion of the Top 14 final round. After 26 rounds of almost non-stop action, the Champions Cup winners finished top of the league and will be looking to win their 21st Bouclier des Brennus.  #TOP14 – J26Voici le classement définitif de la saison 2020/2021 !🥇🥈Toulouse et […] READ MORE


Plenty for Jono Gibbes to do after ASM Clermont Auvergne club switch

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Jono Gibbes is highly unlikely to change the nature of the team, but he is likely to see the sense in ensuring his side know what to do when the tide of a match starts to turn against him, and a strong defence is called for. It may involve him opening his contacts to bring in a snarling, Kiwi attack dog to whip the defence into shape. After all, keeping a tighter defence will make life easier for Clermont when they eventually go on the attack, READ MORE




European Professional Club Rugby decision proves season is overloaded

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Forced to do it, the executive for European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has taken the drastic decision to not rescheduled postponed matches in European competition. “The decision was made by the EPCR executive,” said Darren Childs. Premiership Rugby’s chief executive added: “The reason we can’t reschedule those is that there are no available weekends. Our season […] READ MORE


La Rochelle lead covid-affected Top 14

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La Rochelle leads the French Top 14 after eight rounds of league action, after beating top of the table Clermont Auvergne  19-10. Last Word on Rugby brings you a summary of this weekend’s action and senior editor James Barker looks at the disrupted season so far. #TOP14 – J8Il y en a eu pour tous […] READ MORE


French Top14 ready as September return date reached

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It seemed an extreme timeline yet, French Top14 rugby has met and passed the September return date. Now rugby fans can rejoice, players can again celebrate together, as the whistle blows ‘time on’. Sitting idle for nearly four months, after the French government ruled that all sport would be postponed during the Coronavirus pandemic, there […] READ MORE


Richie Gray reveals no Scotland contact, joins Fiji coaching staff

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Breakdown specialist Richie Gray is relishing the prospect of working with the world-class talents in the Fiji squad, after joining Vern Cotter’s backroom staff. Gray will work on a short-term basis, joining Cotter’s staff for the [to-be-confirmed] Northern Hemisphere eight-nations tournament, that pits the Flying Fijians against England, Wales and Ireland, as well as Japan. […] READ MORE


French Top 14 transfers for 2020/21

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Unlike the Gallagher Premiership and the Pro14, the French Top 14 has ended the 2019/20 domestic season. With no promotion or relegation, the existing teams are busy organising their squads ready for the restart in September. Here we have collated all the Top 14 transfers to have taken place. For obvious financial reasons, there won’t […] READ MORE