Tag: Florian Fritz

Top 14: French Rugby Authorities Drop Ball On Fritz Concussion

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Remember this, 20 minutes into last season’sTop 14 play-off quarter-final between Toulouse and Racing Metro in May? The accidental collision between Florian Fritz’s head and Francois van der Merwe’s knee left the Toulouse centre bloodied, dazed and confused – and in no fit state to continue. But it was followed, 15 minutes […]

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Two “Charged” in Machete Attack on Clermont French Internationals

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Two men in their twenties have been placed “under formal examination” in connection with a late-night machete attack on three Top 14 rugby players in Millau, in the Tarn department of France, in the early hours of Sunday. They were arrested, along with two other men, on Sunday evening, a matter of […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Semi-Finals Preview: Who Dares Predict… Probably Loses

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CASTRES, FRANCE – That’s it… All Top 14-related bets are officially off. All season, wins on the road have been more rare than hen’s teeth. Then, last week’s two post-season play-offs both result in away wins. Recent history also dictates that at a side that played in the opening round of the play-offs will make […]

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Top 14 Recap: Concussion Scandal Overshadows Historic Double

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The Top 14 play-off quarter-finals SHOULD be remembered for two seismic shocks delivered by Racing Metro and Castres. But they will equally be remembered for what happened 16 minutes after Toulouse’s Florian Fritz left the field covered in blood and clearly dazed and confused in Friday night’s match against Racing Metro at […]

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Backs to the wall as New Zealand hang tough to beat France

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CASTRES, FRANCE – New Zealand head to Twickenham to face England this weekend with their perfect record for 2013, but spirited France almost gave as good as they got at a sodden Stade de France on Saturday. It’s probably safe to say that – but for the 15 crucial minutes between the two All Black […]

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How can mercurial France stop mighty New Zealand?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Dan Carter is set to win his 99th All Black cap, while skipper Richie McCaw returns to his favoured number 7 slot when a mighty New Zealand side face France at Stade de France on Saturday. It is being regarded in France as something of a backhanded compliment that the World Champions […]

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