Tag: Castres Olympique

Top 14: The Top-Six Challenge


PARIS, FRANCE – The new coaching team at Top 14 side Castres Olympique has set the players an ambitious target – an immediate return to the top six. But, when he spoke to Rugby Wrap Up, forwards coach Joe El-Abd insisted: “We’ve not set anything in stone – we have already talked about being in […]

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The Curious Case of Rodrigo Capó Ortega


CASTRES, FRANCE -If you’re wondering why I’m reporting from Castres instead of our own James Harrington, it’s because the Rugby Rain Man Collective (rugby geeks) has demanded a neutral presence on the circus that is Rodrigo Capó Ortega. The curious case of Ortega began last week when his club, Castres, announced that he was withdrawing from […]

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A Rugby Christmas


‘Twas the night before Christmas, and through all the rugby world, Visions of championships and rugby gifts swirled. Homes were decked out for the holiday fests, And cupboards were stocked mightily for holiday guests. Nestled under the tree, for excited guests to see, Beautifully wrapped gifts rested patiently. Rich baking aromas saturated the senses, And […]

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Meeting My Top 14 Heroes… Or Trying To


Our Top 14 expert du-jour, James Harrington, has a better half, and she loves rugby almost as much as he does – unlike him she doesn’t pretend to understand the offside laws. Here, she discusses heading to Castres Olympique’s Stade Pierre Antoine to meet her heroes, and the new recruits ahead of the new season. […]

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The Story of The Brennus (Top 14) Championship Trophy

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Our Top 14 expert du-jour, James Harrington‘ s better half , Scheenagh Harrington is back. She has a guest piece for us today on the history of the Bouclier de Brennus the Top 14 Championship Trophy CASTRES, FRANCE – You have to wonder how many in-their-blood-and-bones sports fans get the chance to lay a finger on […]

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Mother’s Day Rugby Toast to Rugby Moms


FORT WAYNE, IN – Today, Sunday, May 11, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day in the U.S.  Here in Indiana, during rugby season, Saturdays are generally reserved for boys’ contests while Sundays feature girls’ contests. Today, I’m lucky enough to be at a rugby pitch celebrating Mother’s Day with many fellow rugby moms.   And I thought, what better […]

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