Tag: Yuann Huget

Six Nations Preview: How the sides shape up


CASTRES, FRANCE – The most open Six Nations for many a year kicks off on Saturday, with four sides in with a pretty decent shout of the title. Wales and Ireland will start as favourites, but France and England offer reasonable outside bets. Scotland could end up as kingmakers, while Italy look set for a […]

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Top 14 Review: Grenoble’s raiders steal victory at Toulon


CASTRES, FRANCE – A week before Heineken Cup champions Toulon face Cardiff at Stade Mayol, Grenoble stunned the stuttering stellar side with a last-gasp smash-and-grab raid that shook the Mediterranean fortress to its foundations. With Toulon six points to the good and just two minutes on the clock at the end of a gritty nip-tuck […]

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France End Forgettable Year With 1st Home Loss to Springboks in 16 Years


CASTRES, FRANCE – France’s November internationals were the definition of a tale of three matches… with only one sorry conclusion. The statistics – two defeats and one victory – don’t tell the whole story. Though they may point to a theory that is rapidly gathering momentum: namely that French rugby isn’t as strong as pundits […]

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Backs to the wall as New Zealand hang tough to beat France


CASTRES, FRANCE – New Zealand head to Twickenham to face England this weekend with their perfect record for 2013, but spirited France almost gave as good as they got at a sodden Stade de France on Saturday. It’s probably safe to say that – but for the 15 crucial minutes between the two All Black […]

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How can mercurial France stop mighty New Zealand?


CASTRES, FRANCE – Dan Carter is set to win his 99th All Black cap, while skipper Richie McCaw returns to his favoured number 7 slot when a mighty New Zealand side face France at Stade de France on Saturday. It is being regarded in France as something of a backhanded compliment that the World Champions […]

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Top 14 Review: Toulon and Clermont rip up the Nice Allianz Riviera pitch


CASTRES, FRANCE – The final weekend of the Top 14 season before the European break was one that went – mostly – as expected. But two results defied expectation… and, in one case, explanation. No surprises at Parc des Sports Aguilera. Bottom-of-the-table Biarritz played like a side that has forgotten what winning is like as […]

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