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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 Recap: Toulouse Comeback Stuns Toulon… And Other Headlines

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The Top 14 did its best to recreate the glorious mayhem of the final weekend of the RBS 6 Nations. The number of tries – 28 – was low for the weekend’s seven matches, and the 302-point combined total wasn’t overly impressive, but at least five of the seven matches left journalists […]

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Top 14 Preview: Why Only A Vintage Bordeaux Performance Will Be Good Enough

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CASTRES, FRANCE – To say Top 14 play-off contenders Bordeaux have had a tough run in the league recently is an understatement bordering on the obscene. The Begles have faced five top-six rivals in five Top 14 matches since the turn of the year. Last week, they lost to Stade Francais at home by a […]

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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 Recap: Toulouse Wreck Halfpenny Debut

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CASTRES, FRANCE – There was added international flavour to the Top 14 weekend. There’s always an international flavour, of course, with so many overseas players plying their trade in France’s top flight – but this weekend’s matches also featured referees from a number of corners of the globe. They were here to acclimatise to French […]

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Top 14 Preview: The Long, Dark Teatime of Mayol…

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CASTRES, FRANCE – News that Matt Giteau has signed a two-year contract extension with Top 14 champions Toulon has finally shone a solitary ray of light on what has been a troublesome week down in the Var. The Australian spurned a reported €1m-a-season offer from Racing Metro to sign a deal with the Var club […]

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