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Clermont-Auvergne: A Curse Continues for Top 14 Teasers

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BERLIN, GERMANY – Clermont have a history of treating their fans in the same way humans tease kittens. Glory is dangled tantalizingly before thousands of expectant eyes, but just as the fans are ready to pounce, that glory is brutally yanked away. Clermont’s history of Top 14 final appearances reads: played 12, won 1. Add […]

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French Top 14 For Dummies

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For the record, the title: “French Top 14 For Dummies” was not Pyk’s idea, it’s Management’s. BAYONNE, FRANCE – For this 16th week of French Top14, the opening game was on Thursday night between Bayonne and Castres. The other games were played on Friday night. Let’s get to it. Thanks to the home-field advantage, the […]

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French Top 14 Rugby: Which Streaks Ended?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – This week’s opener featured the mighty Clermont at Castres. It is never an easy trip to Stade Pierre Antoine and Les Jaunards know that well. For the past 36 years, they haven’t come back from Castres with a win. This time, however, Vern Cotter had the small but wonderful Brock James start […]

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