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Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v France Preview

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AUCKLAND, NZ, AND CASTRES, FRANCE – One Rugby World Cup quarter-final* really caught our attention at Rugby Wrap Up Towers – New Zealand v France. So, we cuffed our Super Rugby expert Jamie Wall and our Top 14 writer James Harrington to their computers and let them fight it out over the interweb. Here’s what […]

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Rugby World Cup Recap: Wales v Fiji and France v Canada

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Sometimes, even Dylan Thomas can’t cut it, and describing the extent of Wales’s struggles to put down a spirited Fiji in the Rugby World Cup Pool C clash requires help from a poet of another Celtic nation. Fortunately, Robbie Burns is always on hand to give the bard of the valleys a […]

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Top 14 Recap: Stade Have Last Laugh Despite Reffing Howler

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CASTRES, FRANCE: The clock is ticking down on the Top 14 season and this weekend brought with it more than its fair share of promotion and relegation issues – not to mention a reasonable smattering of controversy. With the Rugby World Cup looming and seasons ending – adding just a dash of relegation and promotion […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Preview: Who Dares Bet Against Clermont?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The twin distractions of the Top 14 play-offs and the announcement of the squad for the French national side’s tour of Australia has divided and concentrated the minds of rugby fans in l’hexagone this week. So, the day after France coach Philippe Saint-Andre mysteriously managed to completely omit in-form fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc […]

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Top 14 Review: Toulouse beat Toulon in a game of two halves

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulouse moved to the top of the table with a 13-12 home win over Toulon that – literally and figuratively – was a game of two halves. It looked for all the world after the first 40 minutes that it was going to be a tough day at the office for the […]

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