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Top 14 Team-by-Team Guide: Hopes, Fears, and the Rugby World Cup

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PARIS, FRANCE –  The new season of French rugby’s Top 14 kicked off on August 22 – with September’s Rugby World Cup adding more potency to the usual heady mix of hope and fear that greets the start of the longest, richest and most competitive club rugby tournament in the world. The Rugby World Cup […]

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Top 14 Recap: Mola Era at Toulouse Kicks Off with Win

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The 2015/16 Top 14 season kicked off with a surprise home defeat for 2014 champions Toulon, an early warning from Clermont that they’re out to right more than a few perceived wrongs, and evidence that Guy Noves isn’t being missed too much at Toulouse. But there was also a strong hint or […]

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Top 14: The Top-Six Challenge

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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

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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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Top 14 Recap: Bayonne Sunk on Cruel Final Day

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PARIS, FRANCE – The Top 14 is cruel. Last season, penalties in the final 10 minutes of two matches decided Perpignan’s fate. This season, Bordeaux’s play-off dream rested on the very last kick of the very last game of the regular season. But Lionel Beauxis fired a relatively straightforward kick wide of the posts. How […]

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Top 14 Preview: Welcome to a Nerve-Shredding Final Fortnight

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CASTRES, FRANCE: There are just two rounds to go in the regular Top 14 season but make no mistake, there are no dead rubber matches. Play-off and relegation matters are still to be decided – and every team still has much more than pride to play for. It is at this time of the season […]

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