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Top 14 Recap: Now Things Are Getting Interesting

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Whoever argued that promotion and relegation are bad for rugby can not have been paying attention to the Top 14 recently. With three rounds left in the regular season, four points – a straightforward victory – is the difference between relegation to the ProD2 and a two-leg play-off against an English Premiership […]

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Top 14 Preview: Pressure..? What Pressure?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Heading into the final four weeks of this Top 14 campaign, only one thing is certain. Next season, the Simon Mannix-led Pau – or Section Paloise to give them their Sunday name – will join France’s top-flight for the first time in nine years, having dominated the second-tier ProD2 all season. By […]

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Top 14 Recap: It’s Getting a Bit Tense Now

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Proof, if it was needed, that simply keeping an eye on the Top 14 table tells only a fraction of the story. A glance at the ladder suggests nothing much happened – there were only three positional changes on the 22nd week of the season, with none of the top 10 making […]

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Top 14 Preview: No Respite For European Dreamers

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulon and Clermont – and probably Racing Metro – may wish they had a week off after the intensity of last weekend’s European Champions Cup quarter finals, but the Top 14 waits for no club. It won’t even wait for the Rugby World Cup, so three of the top four clubs have […]

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Top 14 Recap: Toulouse Comeback Stuns Toulon… And Other Headlines

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The Top 14 did its best to recreate the glorious mayhem of the final weekend of the RBS 6 Nations. The number of tries – 28 – was low for the weekend’s seven matches, and the 302-point combined total wasn’t overly impressive, but at least five of the seven matches left journalists […]

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Top 14 Preview: French Intrigue Cushions Post 6 Nations Comedown

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CASTRES, FRANCE – How do you follow 27 tries and 221 points in three deliciously bonkers games? After last week’s insanely glorious final round of RBS 6 Nations matches, players and fans in France return to domestic Top 14 action with something of a bump. But there’s plenty of intrigue to soften the international-to-domestic comedown, […]

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