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Top 14 Recap: Mola Era at Toulouse Kicks Off with Win

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The 2015/16 Top 14 season kicked off with a surprise home defeat for 2014 champions Toulon, an early warning from Clermont that they’re out to right more than a few perceived wrongs, and evidence that Guy Noves isn’t being missed too much at Toulouse. But there was also a strong hint or […]

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Top 14: The Top-Six Challenge

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PARIS, FRANCE – The new coaching team at Top 14 side Castres Olympique has set the players an ambitious target – an immediate return to the top six. But, when he spoke to Rugby Wrap Up, forwards coach Joe El-Abd insisted: “We’ve not set anything in stone – we have already talked about being in […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Recap: Toulouse and Stade Francais Book Semi-Final Places

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PARIS, FRANCE – Nineteen-time French champions Toulouse came from behind to beat Oyonnax 20-19 and book their place in next weekend’s Top 14 semi finals in Bordeaux. The cheers ringing round at the end of what has turned out to be coach Guy Noves final match at Stade Ernest Wallon were edged with relief. Oyonnax, […]

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Top 14 Recap: Bayonne Sunk on Cruel Final Day

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PARIS, FRANCE – The Top 14 is cruel. Last season, penalties in the final 10 minutes of two matches decided Perpignan’s fate. This season, Bordeaux’s play-off dream rested on the very last kick of the very last game of the regular season. But Lionel Beauxis fired a relatively straightforward kick wide of the posts. How […]

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Top 14 Preview: Welcome to a Nerve-Shredding Final Fortnight

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CASTRES, FRANCE: There are just two rounds to go in the regular Top 14 season but make no mistake, there are no dead rubber matches. Play-off and relegation matters are still to be decided – and every team still has much more than pride to play for. It is at this time of the season […]

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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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