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Rugby World Cup: News in Brief – Thursday, October 1

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Got Four Minutes? Rugby World Cup organisers have released this video of the first 100 tries scored at this year’s Rugby World Cup   Wales injury crisis? What Wales injury crisis? Wales coach Warren Gatland has insisted he is confident that his squad’s injury woes will not affect chances of beating Fiji in Thursday’s crucial […]

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6N Preview & Picks: Italy’s Set-Piece Chewed Up After Dog Bites Man

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Italy’s 109-cap tighthead prop Martin Castrogiovanni will sit out this week’s Six Nations’ match against Scotland after a friend’s dog ate his nose. The excuse generally employed by students to explain away a suspicious absence of homework has been described by Italy as “a minor household incident” – although, it doesn’t sound […]

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Top 14 Recap: Shocks for Clermont and Stade while Toulouse Flood Drowns Castres

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CASTRES, FRANCE – In 2013, Castres Olympique were crowned Top 14 champions. In 2014, they scraped into the play-offs and then ended Clermont’s epic four-year winning run at Stade Marcel Michelin on their way to their second final in a row, only to meet a Toulon side determined to give His Gloriously Mighty Celestial Imperial […]

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Top 14 Final Preview: It Seems The Brennus Is Toulon’s To Lose… Initially, at least

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CASTRES, FRANCE – And so, the almost but not quite entirely unpredictable Top 14 season is one match away from the end. After 186 matches, in which 7,296 points were scored – courtesy of 1,095 penalties and 591 tries, 449 of which were converted – the destiny of the Brennus rests on the outcome of […]

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Six Nations Preview: How the sides shape up

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The most open Six Nations for many a year kicks off on Saturday, with four sides in with a pretty decent shout of the title. Wales and Ireland will start as favourites, but France and England offer reasonable outside bets. Scotland could end up as kingmakers, while Italy look set for a […]

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Top 14 Preview: It’s back after a mid-season break

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The two-week break that coincides with France’s November internationals may have been welcomed by battered and bruised players, but it could not have come at a worse time for at least one Top 14 club. Bottom-of-the-league Biarritz signed off on the first third of the season earlier this month by grinding out […]

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