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Top 14 Preview: Troubles Mount For Toulouse

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Thirty Top 14 players have spent part of this week at a French training camp, as coach Philippe Saint-Andre begins to plot his way through the three November internationals against Fiji, Australia and Argentina. It is inevitable that the absence of key players will have affected the training plans of club coaches. […]

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Top 14 Recap: Should Toulouse Fans Worry Now, Mr Noves?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Last week, Toulouse coach Guy Noves sought to reassure fans who were understandably nervous about the Top 14 giants’ increasingly precarious position. The club had just lost its third match in a row, and had plunged from second in the table to ninth in three short weeks. “We have no reason to […]

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Top 14 Preview: Racing ‘Set To Bet €1m On Toulon Star’

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The wealth enjoyed by some Top 14 clubs is widely known – thanks to the deep pockets their owners and the sums broadcasters are prepared to fork out for TV rights. If respected sports newspaper Midi Olympique’s reports are accurate, things are about to move to a whole new level. According to […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Semi-Finals Preview: Who Dares Predict… Probably Loses

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CASTRES, FRANCE – That’s it… All Top 14-related bets are officially off. All season, wins on the road have been more rare than hen’s teeth. Then, last week’s two post-season play-offs both result in away wins. Recent history also dictates that at a side that played in the opening round of the play-offs will make […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Preview: Who Dares Bet Against Clermont?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The twin distractions of the Top 14 play-offs and the announcement of the squad for the French national side’s tour of Australia has divided and concentrated the minds of rugby fans in l’hexagone this week. So, the day after France coach Philippe Saint-Andre mysteriously managed to completely omit in-form fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc […]

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Top 14 Review: Clermont win at home… as predicted

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Like astrology, rugby punditry – certainly Top 14 rugby punditry – can be so much crystal ball-gazing. Unlike astrology, rugby punditry is, at least a little, based on facts, figures and, when all else fails, almost-reasonable assumption. It’s reasonable to predict, for example, that Clermont will win at Marcel Michelin, and that […]

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