Tag: Luke McAlister

Luke McAlister: I Love Playing For Toulouse

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TOULOUSE, FRANCE – Top 14 giants Toulouse halted their worst losing run in 50 years with a brutal at-all-costs win over Stade Francais at what had seemed to be a teetering fortress Stade Ernest Wallon. Former All Black Luke McAlister kicked 17 points in a crucial if ugly 22-10 victory that ended a five-match losing […]

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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: Early Season Symmetry Set To Be Broken

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CASTRES, FRANCE – There’s a certain symmetry to the Top 14 table going into the third round of matches. Five teams – Toulon, Toulouse, Clermont, Bordeaux and Stade Francais – have two wins to their name, four – Bayonne, Brive, Montpellier and Racing Metro – have one and the final five – Grenoble, Lyon, Oyonnax, […]

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Top 14 Recap: Biarritz Finally Abandon All Hope

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CASTRES, FRANCE – It will be no surprise to anyone to hear that Biarritz will be relegated from the Top 14 at the end of this season. It has been on the cards for some considerable time but – until this weekend – there was, mathematically at least, a chance that they could pull off […]

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Top 14 Recap: Travel Sickness Strikes Again

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The curse of the road struck again in the Top 14 this weekend, with six of seven away sides heading back to their respective hutches battered, bruised… and beaten. The power of home advantage is getting beyond a joke. Planet Rugby has done the math and worked out that, before this weekend, […]

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The Top 14 returns… and it’s just too tough to call

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CASTRES, FRANCE – After the insanity that has been the past two weeks of Heineken Cup and Amlin Cup rugby, pundits and players alike are probably breathing a sigh of relief on their return to the relative certainties of their domestic competitions. Most of them, anyway, in the case of Top 14 clubs. Well, some […]

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