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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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Show Me the Rugby Money: All Blacks Jersey Losing Value?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Once upon a time, European rugby was regarded as a well-earned big-money pension plan for All Blacks whose international careers were all-but behind them. No more. Now younger players want a slice of the northern hemisphere’s big-money action, too and they appear to be saying that if it means giving up on […]

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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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