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


Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup teams confirmed

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With the final round of Gallagher Premiership fixtures complete, the confirmed line-ups of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are finalised. Robert Rees brings you all you need to know about the one-off campaign ahead. Heineken Champions Cup sides confirmed There are going 24 teams that make up the top tier tournament for the […] READ MORE


2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup format

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There will be 24 teams in the newly announced 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup (also called the European Rugby Champions Cup). This is an increase of 20 teams from the 2019/20 Champions Cup structure. These teams will include the top eight clubs from Premiership Rugby, Guinness PRO14, and French Top 14. This new format was created […] 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



Alex Lozowski makes Season-Long France switch

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England International, Alex Lozowski is to spend a season on loan in France. He will spend next year at Top 14 giants Montpellier. Lozowski will then return to Saracens with his side hopefully back in the Premiership. Alex Lozowski Commits to Saracens Despite France Move Despite deciding on not playing for Saracens in the Championship […] READ MORE


Is It Time to Void the Premiership Season?

As of 1st June professional sport can restart in England, however, the plans for the Premiership season to begin again are nowhere to be seen which as seen calls to void it grow. As football, cricket, tennis amongst others all get going again rugby is being left behind. The longer the Premiership goes without producing […] READ MORE


Bill Beaumont: Opportunities and Challenges for Rugby Union

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Sir Bill Beaumont has recently been re-elected as chairman of the International Rugby Board. He has been in this position since 2016. Beaumont is a former captain of the England team, where he earned 34 caps. He played for England from 1975-82 and for the British and Irish Lions from 1977-80. Opportunities and Challenges for […] READ MORE


Why France Must Move on from Guy Novès

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Guy Novès’ hiring after France’s 2015 Rugby World Cup capitulation was met with praise from many corners of the rugby world. The former Toulouse coach had developed the rouge et noir into domestic and European juggernauts. He built a dominant pack and complimented it with a dynamic and entertaining backline led by the magician Frederic […] READ MORE