Tag: Bernard Laporte

Rugby TV & Podcast: French Rugby Plight, World Rugby’s Spanish Inquisition. Ex-Stade CEO Pierre Arnald, Steve Lewis

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NEW YORK, NY – With many rugby dignitaries in town for Richard Sexton’s Captain’s Knock Rugby Legends Dinner, we were particularly interested in chatting with Pierre Arnald, former CEO of Stade Francais and Clermont player. Monsieur Arnald is joined by Steve Lewis and host Matt McCarthy re: -The State of Les Bleus –Racing 92/Stade Francais […]

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Top 14 Recap: Third Time’s the Charm for Toulon

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TOULOUSE, FRANCE – As the rest of the rugby world waits, breath bated, for the start of the Rugby World Cup, in France ongoing rugby dramas of the Top 14 kind keep distracting attention from the looming tournament just across La Manche. This week has been particularly fascinating for rugby watchers, as – alongside another […]

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Toulon Are Simply The Best – Live With It

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CASTRES, FRANCE – It is very easy to dislike Top 14 giants Toulon. Especially if you are a rugby fan and live in any part of Europe – or, indeed, the world –  that is not the relatively small Var department on the south of France’s sun-soaked Cote d’Azur where the blue-collar port can be […]

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Top 14 Preview: Tension Mounts as Top 14 Enters Final Eight Weeks

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Eighteen regular Top 14 season weekends down, eight to go – and the play-off slots are currently occupied by, in order: Clermont, Toulon, Stade Francais, Racing Metro, Toulouse and Bordeaux. Breathing down Bordeaux necks are Grenoble and Oyonnax – followed by Montpellier who, despite their troubles earlier in the season, are ninth, […]

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Top 14 Preview: Toulon Lift Forfeit Threat

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulon manager Bernard Laporte earlier this week threatened to forfeit Saturday afternoon’s Top 14 match at Castres due to the unavailability of 17 key players. International commitments (Toulon are supplying six of the France squad to face Fiji on Saturday, for example), injuries (Carl Hayman and Craig Burden are the latest players […]

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Defending The Indefensible? The Trouble With Saint-Andre

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CASTRES, FRANCE – TOULON head coach and former France boss Bernard Laporte has taken a full-on, everything-behind-it swipe at current French national coach and his predecessor at the all-conquering Top 14 side, Philippe Saint-Andre. Saint-Andre, whose position in charge of Les Bleus is far from secure, stuck his head above the parapet to argue that […]

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