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Philippe Saint-Andre Successor ? Raphaël Ibañez Plus Two in Frame for France Job

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CASTRES, FRANCE – It is finally official. Win or lose – and it will come as no surprise to anyone to read that the French are emphatic-Gallic-shoulder-shrug-level resigned to lose – the Philippe Saint-Andre error era will come to an end after the Rugby World Cup. The news that most self-respecting rugby fans in France […]

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Defending The Indefensible? The Trouble With Saint-Andre

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CASTRES, FRANCE – TOULON head coach and former France boss Bernard Laporte has taken a full-on, everything-behind-it swipe at current French national coach and his predecessor at the all-conquering Top 14 side, Philippe Saint-Andre. Saint-Andre, whose position in charge of Les Bleus is far from secure, stuck his head above the parapet to argue that […]

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Making Sense Of Rugby Coaching Carousel

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Junoir Blaber is a rugby-lifer; fan, player & Assistant Coach for the New York Rugby Club, whose upcoming NYRC Thanksgiving 7s Tournament is not to be missed. We will indeed be there, doing our thing. Bring your best hair & makeup – you may be on camera! RESUME HQ – Touch-up those coaching CVs and […]

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Ode To French Rugby: The Last Fable de la Jean de la Fontaine

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Hey everyone, it’s your proud “cock” and passionate Les Blues supporter, Wilfried Sentex. I’m now in Abu Dhabi, working as a sommlier, which allows overhearing many a tale. Here’s one I eavesdropped on just this week, days after France lost to New Zealand, while plying a grieving group of […]

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Wales loss to France Saddest Day in RWC History:

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AUCKLAND, NZ – In one of the saddest games in Rugby World Cup history, a superb and bravely fighting Wales lost to a passive and disoriented France 9-8, at the first semifinals of the Rugby World Cup, in front of 58,629 fans at Eden Park, and even more, 61543 fans watching on big screen at […]

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Apple Cart Upended. FRANCE & WALES WIN At Rugby World Cup

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  AUCKLAND – France was predictably unpredictable at its quarterfinal match played against England at Eden Park in front of 49,105 fans on October 8 at the Rugby World Cup, winning 19-12 after a spectacular first half performance that made Les Bleus lead 16-0 at halftime. “I thought when we had the ball we looked […]

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