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Top 14 Recap: Heart-Breaking Defeat Leaves Castres with One Foot in ProD2

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Last season’s ProD2 champions Lyon and 2013 Brennus-winners Castres are strong favourites for relegation from the Top 14 following the 20th weekend of the season. Both sides lost this weekend to slip six points from safety, as all the other drop-fearing sides in the French top flight picked up crucial victories. Castres […]

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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 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 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: Bordeaux’s Chalmers Has Last Laugh In Toulon’s Comedy Of Rugby Errors

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CASTRES, FRANCE – A try on the stroke of halftime gave Bordeaux the kick in the derrière they needed to make a game of their Top 14 encounter against reigning champions Toulon. In the end, they did more than make a game of it. Bordeaux were 20-9 down at the time, after Toulon had roared […]

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Top 14 Preview: Sexton’s A Racing Certainty This Weekend – But McCaw Shrugs Off Pau Rumours

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Rumours that Richie McCaw would see out his career in France’s Top 14 after the 2015 Rugby World Cup would appear to be exaggerated. Earlier this week, the rugby press collectively wet itself over speculation that the All Black to rule them all could be heading to Pau, in the southwest of […]

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