Tag: Jules Plisson

Halsey On Rugby: Latest on Lions, Eddie Jones Controversy, European Semifinals

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NEW YORK, NY  – A busy week in the European rugby world; Warren Gatland picked only two Scots in his Lions squad, Eddie Jones picked 15 uncapped players in his England squad to tour Argentina and there was the excitement of semifinals in European competition.  All in all there’s plenty to talk about! Let’s start […]

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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 Recap: Now Things Are Getting Interesting

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Whoever argued that promotion and relegation are bad for rugby can not have been paying attention to the Top 14 recently. With three rounds left in the regular season, four points – a straightforward victory – is the difference between relegation to the ProD2 and a two-leg play-off against an English Premiership […]

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Top 14 Recap: Stade’s Matchwinner Plisson Stakes France Claim With 17-Minute Masterclass

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Jules Plisson dropped a clear hint to France coach Philippe Saint-Andre that he is ready to reclaim the national side’s number 10 jersey as he made a match-winning impact in the Top 14 as a replacement for Stade Francais against Bordeaux. The fly-half was on the pitch for only 17 minutes but […]

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Top 14 Recap: Shocks for Clermont and Stade while Toulouse Flood Drowns Castres

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CASTRES, FRANCE – In 2013, Castres Olympique were crowned Top 14 champions. In 2014, they scraped into the play-offs and then ended Clermont’s epic four-year winning run at Stade Marcel Michelin on their way to their second final in a row, only to meet a Toulon side determined to give His Gloriously Mighty Celestial Imperial […]

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Top 14 Preview: Serious Rugby To Plug The Europe-Six Nations Gap

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Were not for the Top 14, the one-week gap between the end of the pool stages of Europe’s club competitions and the start of the Six Nations next week would be a howling tumbleweed-filled wasteland for fans of proper, serious top-flight rugby. The Aviva Premiership has been put on hold for the […]

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