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News: Chabal to appeal; Armitage joins Toulon; Narbonne relegated

14 May 2011

Racing-Metro's Sebastien Chabal
In the spotlight: 
Sébastien Chabal
Photo: Cleva Media
/Eoin Mundow

As bad weeks go this must rank as one of the worst in Sébastien Chabal's career. On Wednesday he was left out of the provisional France World Cup squad and then on Thursday he was banned for 60 days - meaning he will miss Racing-Metro's attempt to win their first French title in 21 years.

Chabal's lengthy ban was handed down by the LNR after comments he made in an interview with Journal du Dimanche criticizing Top 14 referees. Chabal branded them "useless" and further got himself in hot water by claiming they also favoured Castres and Biarritz - due to past and present links to the LNR presidency.

The interview had been meant to drum up publicity ahead of Chabal's autobiography 'Ma Petite Etoile' being published, but he has subsequently ended his ties with the newspaper.



Top 14, qf: Clermont rally from 17-3 down to see of Biarritz and set up Toulouse semi

13 May 2011

Clermont fly-half Brock James celebrates
Clermont joy:
Brock James

Photo: Eoin Mundow/
Cleva Media

Clermont Auvergne 27 (6)
Biarritz Olympic 17 (17)

Stade Marcel Michelin

Defending champions Clermont Auvergne rallied from 17-3 down to beat Biarritz 27-17 on Friday night, and book their place for a semi-final showdown with Stade Toulousain.

Clermont were stunned by two first-half tries from Biarritz as they initially fumbled their lines, but they fought back to score 21 unanswered points in the second period, with Brock James, Alexandre Lapandry and Julien Malzieu all touching down - although two of those tries came in controversial circumstances.

Scrum-half Morgan Parra converted two of the three tries, with James kicking the other to complete the turnaround and set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Toulouse in Marseille on May 27. If they can win that they will then go on to contest an incredible fifth successive Top 14 final.



Top 14 - Clermont v Biarritz preview: Rivals Parra and Yachvili hold the keys to success

12 May 2011

Clermont Auvergne scrum-half Morgan Parra
Key player:
Morgan Parra

Photo: Eoin Mundow/
Cleva Media

The first of the Top 14 quarter-finals takes place on Friday, with defending champions Clermont Auvergne hosting Biarritz at the Stade Marcel Michelin.

For Vern Cotter's Clermont this match provides another stepping stone towards defending their hard-won inaugural title, although the mighty Stade Toulousain are next up for whichever team triumphs on Friday.

For those of a superstitious disposition they may look wryly at the date - Friday 13th - but fans, players and coaches will be hoping to avoid any horror shows as the Top 14 season draws to a climax.

Clermont, by dint of home advantage, must surely start as favourites, although both these sides actually finished on 72 points - along with Montpellier. 'Les Jaunards' had a tough workout away to Stade Toulousain last weekend, eventually losing 15-6 in a match that was dominated by the injury to Aurélien Rougerie.


Harry's Game: Ambition - the driving force behind becoming a successful rugby club?

By Harry Spencer, 12 May 2011

Harry Spencer in action for Tarbes
Locked-in: Harry in
action for Tarbes

FRC columnist and Tarbes lock Harry Spencer gives his thoughts on what makes some clubs successful while others either flounder, or appear happy to plod along in mid-table obscurity...

One month ago a team-mate of mine wrote on his Facebook wall ?Cherch club avec ambition!!? which, to those of you who don?t know, translates as "Searching for a club with ambition!!".  It got me thinking, and over this past month I have gone over it many times. What is it that players look for in a club or team? How important is it? What characterises 'ambition'?

My first thoughts take me back about three years; I was a new addition to the Saracens academy at the time and we were coming to the end of my first season with the club. Then, if you were to ask someone to describe Saracens as a team you may well have come across the terms ?Mid-table?, ?Making up the numbers? and ?Team of mercenaries?. However harsh these might seem, they were ultimately true.


Top 14: Sackey and Hueber out as Toulon act; TV rights go for ?158.5m

11 May 2011

Former England winger Paul Sackey
Not Toulon now:
Paul Sackey
Photo: Eoin Mundow/
Cleva Media

The shockwaves of Toulon's non-qualification for the Top 14 play-offs - and next season's Heineken Cup - are rumbling on.

Multi-millionaire club president Mourad Boudjellal let his feelings be known earlier in the week and two casualties have already been confirmed.

Top 14 League Table 2010/11

Former England winger Paul Sackey has been released after just one season at the club, while forwards coach Aubin Hueber has also been dismissed.

A club statement said Hueber would remain with Toulon, but would be "assigned to another mission".

Former La Rochelle head coach Serge Milhas has been tipped to replace Hueber following reports that he met Boudjellal and Philippe Saint-André on Tuesday.


2011 World Cup: Chabal, Jauzion and Poitrenaud out; Lakafia, Picamoles and Heymans in

11 May 2011

Sebastien Chabal
Dropped: Sébastien Chabal will not be
going to the 2011 World Cup
Photo: Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media

Sébastien Chabal, Yannick Jauzion and Clément Poitrenaud have all been jettisoned from France's 2011 World Cup squad.

The experienced trio - who boost 176 caps between them - have all paid for indifferent club and international form this season.

Head coach Marc Lièvremont said insisted Chabal had been dropped for sporting reasons alone, denying the Federation Francais de Rugby (FFR) had put pressure on him not to select the Racing-Métro star following his recent criticism of referees. Chabal, capped 62 times, can play either at lock or number eight and has effectively been replaced by two players in Lièvremont's squad - Louis Picamoles and Raphael Lakafia.


ProD2: Saint-André joins brother in Top 14 after Lyon clinch ProD2 title

10 May 2011

Pro D2 Logo
Mont-de-Marsan 48 Oyonnax 24
Pau 6 Grenoble 22
FC Auch Gers 29 Union Bordeaux-Bègles 27
Colomiers 35 Carcassonne 15
Dax 60 RC Narbonne 17
Aix-en-Provence 24 SCA Albi 25
Aurillac 35 Tarbes 21
Saint-Etienne 14 Lyon OU 23

It went to the last day of the regular season but Lyon OU finally clinched their historic promotion to Top 14 when they were crowned ProD2 champions on Sunday.

Rafael Saint-André's side narrowly missed out last season when they lost in the play-off final to La Rochelle, but they ensured against that by finishing first this time around to claim the solitary automatic promotion slot.

In they end they finished two points clear of Grenoble after winning 23-14 at basement club Saint-Etienne on Sunday, meaning Grenoble, Mont-de-Marsan, SCA Albi and Union Bordeaux-Bègles will now scrap it out in the play-offs for the other promotion berth.


News: France's Rougerie a major doubt for World Cup after injury

07 May 2011

Clermont skipper Aurelien Rougerie limps off against Stade Toulousain
Limping out:
Aurélien Rougerie

Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

France international Aurélien Rougerie is a major doubt for the World Cup after suffering a horror ankle injury.

The Clermont Auvergne skipper, who has 55 France caps, sustained a fractured and dislocated left ankle while playing for his club against Stade Toulousain on Saturday.

Top 14, r26 Review

The initial damage was done when he was tackled without the ball by Toulouse's Yannick Jauzion in the 33rd minute. Jauzion, who was recently dropped by France, picked up a yellow card for his actions.

Rougerie subsequently aggravated the injury when a team-mate fell on his already damaged ankle.

A Clermont statement after the game confirmed Rougerie had a fracture, as well as damaged ligaments as a result of the dislocation. He will undergo surgery next week and is expected to have a plate inserted.


Top 14, r26: Toulon despair after crashing at Montpellier; Stade Toulouse confirm top spot

07 May 2011

Down and out:
Jonny Wilkinson

Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Big-spending Toulon have failed to make the Top 14 play-offs after crashing 27-3 away to Montpellier - who will now go through at Toulon's expense.

Fabien Galthié's side came into this match on the back of two successive defeats and knowing they had to win to qualify, and they got off to a superb start when Argentine Martin Bustos Moyano touched down after just five minutes.

The versatile Puma duly converted his own try, but Toulon soon cut the advantage when Jonny Wilkinson landed a penalty in reply on nine minutes.

Top 14 League Table 2010/11

But that was as good as it got on a miserable afternoon for Philippe Saint-André's side. The late injury which forced skipper Joe Van Niekerk to withdraw from their starting line-up was an ominous omen, and one hates to think how ambitious and straight-talking owner Mourad Boudjellal will respond to them making neither the play-offs nor next season's Heineken Cup.


Top 14, r26: Last day drama guaranteed as Montpellier and Toulon go head-to-head

06 May 2011

Montpellier skipper Fulgence Ouedraogo
History in the making?
Fulgence Ouedraogo
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

It may not have been the standout clash when the Top 14 fixtures were first unveiled but there's no doubting that Montpellier's home game with Toulon is the pick of Saturday's final round games.

Either or both sides could yet make the play-offs, but Montpellier go into the match knowing they simply have to win if they're to have any chance of ending the season in the top six.

Top 14 League Table 2010/11

Toulon's all stars arrive with Gavin Henson "reintegrated" and determined to make amends for a difficult past fortnight, while president Mourad Boudjellal will countenance nothing other than play-off qualification.

Elsewhere there's a heavyweight clash between Stade Toulousain and Clermont Auvergne, while high-flying Racing-Métro journey across Paris to take on city rivals Stade Francais.


Top 14: Kelleher has 'medical' in Bayonne; Lagisquet set for Biarritz return

06 May 2011

Destination unknown: Stade Toulousain's
ex-All Blacks scrum-half Byron Kelleher
Photo: Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media

Former All Blacks scrum-half Byron Kelleher was in Bayonne for a medical on Thursday according to reports in the French press.

Kelleher signed a pre-contract deal with the Basque club some months ago but it appeared that deal was falling through after the recent presidential reshuffle.

Bayonne had reportedly tried in vain to contact Kelleher all last week, and - according to both Midi Olympique and L'Equipe - the Basque club was somewhat surprised when the Stade Toulousain player arrived on Thursday for talks and a medical.


Top 14: Boudjellal's u-turn hands reprieved Henson a "last chance" to prove himself

04 May 2011

Wales and Toulon centre Gavin Henson
Last chance saloon:
Gavin Henson
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Toulon head coach Philippe Saint-André has likened Gavin Henson's one week suspension to taking "a yellow card, not a red one".

Henson was "reintegrated" to the Toulon squad on Monday after club owner Mourad Boudjellal made a u-turn on his original decision to sack the Welsh star.

Boudjellal claimed he had changed his mind after a period of reflection, enabling Henson to return to action - until the end of the current season at least.

Henson had put his short-term contract in jeopardy after a nightclub bust-up with team-mates following the team's Top 14 victory over Stade Toulousain.


Top 14: Heymans set for Bayonne (with Michalak to follow?)

04 May 2011

Stade Toulousain's Cedric Heymans
Bayonne bound:
Cédric Heymans
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Stade Toulousain's Cédric Heymans will reportedly confirm his summer transfer to Bayonne later this week.

The 32-year-old France international has been in fine form for Toulouse of late after switching from wing to full-back, but it now seems the former Brive star will be based on the Basque coast next season.

Midi Olympique claims Heymans will pen a two-year deal (with the option of a third) with Bayonne despite still having one year left on his contract at Toulouse.

Furthermore, the French rugby paper suggested that former All Black Ross Filipo would remain with Bayonne - rather than sign for London Wasps as was previously reported - while the Basques are also still trying to entice Heymans' erstwhile club colleague Frédéric Michalak to join them.


ProD2, r29: Lyon on the cusp of Top 14; Dax face last-day showdown

03 May 2011

Pro D2 Logo
Lyon OU 19 Pau 9
Aurillac 21 Mont-de-Marsan 28
Union Bordeaux-Bègles 50 Tarbes 23
SCA Albi 31 Carcassonne 5
Oyonnax 39 Aix-en-Provence 32
FC Auch Gers 34 Saint-Etienne 19
RC Narbonne 23 Colomiers 17
Grenoble 31 Dax 24

Lyon OU will be promoted to Top 14 as long as they don't lose their final league game of the season - away to basement club Saint Etienne. Raphael Saint-André's will go into that match three points clear of second placed Grenoble after both teams won at the weekend, meaning only a massive shock result can now prevent Lyon from ascending to French rugby's top table. Saint Etienne have only won one match all season - in comparison to Lyon's 20 league victories - but the champagne will still have to remain on ice until victory has been assured.

Lyon's latest win was a hard-fought 19-9 home victory against Pau on Saturday. Both sides were level 6-6 at the break after a tense first half saw Lyon's Lee Thomas and Pau's Clément Darbo land two penalties apiece.


Top 14: Henson given shock reprieve; Cipriani and Rokocoko now linked with Toulon

02 May  2011

Wales international Gavin Henson
Second chance:
Gavin Henson
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Wales international Gavin Henson has been handed a surprise reprieve by Toulon.

The 29-year-old was officially welcomed back into the Toulon squad this morning following an announcement by club owner Mourad Boudjellal.

It had been expected that Henson would be shown the door after being suspended for a week following a reported night-club altercation with team-mates.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported last week that Boudjellal had made up his mind to terminate Henson's short-term contract - he was only signed until the end of this season - but it seems the Toulon hierarchy have had second thoughts.


Heineken Cup: Battered Perpignan have no answer to Northampton's pace and power

01 May 2011

Perpignan full-back Jérôme Porical
End of the dream:
 Jérôme Porical
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Northampton Saints 23 (20)
Perpignan 7

Perpignan's Heineken Cup dreams were obliterated by a dominant Northampton Saints as the Catalans crashed to a 23-7 defeat on Sunday.

The French side were blown away by the hosts during a rampant first-half display, which saw the Saints move 20-0 ahead before a Guilhem Guirado try just before the break offered hope.

But it proved illusory as Jim Mallinder's side then used muscle and know-how to effectively shut the contest down, eventually running out 23-7 winners in Milton Keynes.

Perpignan's defeat completed a disappointing weekend for French sides as defending champions Stade Toulousain had also lost (against Leinster) on Saturday.


Heineken Cup: Toulouse pay the penalty as Sexton kicks Leinster to victory

30 April 2011

Stade Toulousain try-scorer Florian Fritz
Early Toulouse try-
scorer Florian Fritz
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Leinster 32 (16)
Stade Toulousain 23

Four-times champions Stade Toulousain have been knocked out of the Heineken Cup after losing 32-23 away to Leinster on Saturday.

Both sides scored two tries each, but Leinster's Jonny Sexton made the difference as he landed eight out of eight kicks at goal for a match haul of 22 points.

Toulouse were continually pinged for lack of discipline throughout this high-octane encounter, and eventually paid the price as they were undone by Sexton's boot.

It was sweet revenge for the Irish province, who lost their 2009 crown at the hands of Toulouse when they went down 26-16 in last season's semi-final.


ACC: Beauxis boots Stade Francais into Amlin final after 29-25 victory over Clermont

29 April 2011

Stade Francais fly-half Lionel Beauxis
Lionel Beauxis
scored 19 points

Photo: Michael Paler

Stade Francais beat Clermont Auvergne 29-25 on Friday night as they booked themselves into the ACC final, and simultaneously kept alive their hopes of qualifying for next season's Heineken Cup.

The Paris outfit were indebted to 19 points from Toulouse-bound fly-half Lionel Beauxis, while Julian Arias and Guillaume Boussés each grabbed interception tries.

Michael Cheika's side will now take on Harlequins (surprise 20-12 winners in Munster) in the ACC final at Cardiff City Stadium on May 30, with the winner guaranteed a precious Heineken Cup berth.

2010/11 ACC tables, fixtures & results

It wasn't all plain sailing for the hosts - indeed they were outscored by three tries to two - but the result was justified, and it keeps alive an otherwise hugely disappointing season.


ACC, sf preview: Heineken carrot ensures Stade Francais are up for the Challenge  

29 April 2011

Stade Francais
Up for the Challenge:
Stade Francais

Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

It's make or break time for Stade Francais tonight as they take on Clermont Auvergne in their all-French ACC semi-final.

The fallen Parisian giants know that success in the ACC hands them a lifeline into next season's Heineken Cup, while failure tonight would bring to an end another miserable of underachievement.

But two major factors point to a possible night of joy for Michael Cheika's team as they seek on-field redemption.

The first is the fact the game will be played on home turf at the Stade Charléty, while the second is that Clermont are still very much involved in the Top 14 play-offs - and thus have relegated the importance of this match.


Heineken Cup: Champions Stade Toulousain out to prove the experts wrong in Dublin

28 April 2011

Stade Toulousain players celebrate after last season's semi-final win against Leinster
Contrasting emotions: Stade Toulousain players
celebrate last season's semi-final win against Leinster
Photo: Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media

Stade Toulousain will have to confound the experts and the bookies if they are to beat Leinster on Saturday and make it through to their seventh Heineken Cup final.

The Irish province may have lost out to their French counterparts 26-16 at the same stage last season, but the fact their weekend clash is being played in Dublin (not Toulouse) this time around has prompted almost universal backing for Leinster to gain revenge.

Joe Schmidt's side will have the vociferous backing of 55,000 fans at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, and history will very much be on their side too. Not many teams win an away semi-final, but Schmidt will also be highly aware that Stade Toulousain are not like other teams. Indeed, the former Clermont Auvergne backs coach will be only too aware that the French giants have unprecedented European pedigree.


Top 14: Chabal in hot water; Toulon make Henson wait; Michalak confirms departure

27 April 2011

Stirring up a storm:
Sébastien Chabal
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

France international Sébastien Chabal has been suspended by his club Racing-Métro 92 after an pre-published extract from his forthcoming autobiography sparked a right old rumpus.

Chabal was quoted in the Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche being highly critical of the level of refereeing in Top 14, going on to claim that Castres got preferential treatment because of its links with current LNR president (and former Castres president) Pierre-Yves Revol.

What initially looked like a nifty piece of PR for his autobiography - Ma Petite Etoile - quickly spun out of control, however, with Castres, the LNR and the FFR all voicing disquiet over Chabal's remarks. 

Having witnessed the brewing storm Chabal's club Racing moved to try and diffuse the situation by banning their star number eight with immediate effect. Their hope, surely, was that it would counter any ban subsequently handed down to Chabal, and thus leave him eligible for the club's forthcoming league play-offs.


Heineken Cup: Perpignan's season reaches critical Mas against Saints

26 April 2011

Perpignan captain Nicolas Mas
Ready for battle:
Captain Nicolas Mas
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Perpignan captain Nicolas Mas has admitted his team will start as underdogs for their make-or-break Heineken Cup semi-final against Northampton Saints.

The star-studded English outfit have the considerable advantage of playing on home turf - although the game has been moved to Stadium MK, in Milton Keynes - and they also have a 100% record in the tournament so far this season.

Heineken Cup 2010/11 Results and Tables

Perpignan are the only non-winners left in this season's Heineken Cup, but after last weekend's league drubbing by Toulon they know they will have to break their duck to ensure their presence in next season's competition.

That should be incentive enough for the Catalans, but skipper Mas said they will travel with less pressure than was on them for their quarter-final clash - which was also against Toulon.


Top 14 Transfers: Michalak to sign for the Waratahs; Contepomi to reunite with Cheika

26 April  2011

Stade Toulousain's Frederic Michalak
Au revoir:
Frédéric Michalak
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Frédéric Michalak will leave Stade Toulousain and sign for Australia's Waratahs, according to reports in France.

The 28-year-old international stalled on new contract talks with Toulouse as he wanted to play at fly-half, but head coach Guy Noves preferred to use him at scrum-half.

Last week's announcement that Toulouse had signed Australian scrum-half Luke Burgess (from the Waratahs) was widely seen as confirmation that Michalak would leave, and it now appears he will head down under.

Toulouse have also signed All Blacks star Luke McAlister - who can play at centre of fly-half - as well as Stade Francais No 10 Lionel Beauxis.


Top 14: Where we're at and what we know with just one game left of the regular season

26 April 2011

Racing-Metro's Sebastien Chabal
Sébastien Chabal scored a potentially
crucial late try for Racing-Métro
Photo: Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media

Before we turn our attention to next weekend's European semi-finals - featuring no less than four French sides - FRC felt it was time to reflect on the ramifications of Top 14's latest results in the penultimate round of league fixtures.

Top 14: Round 25 Review

Top 14 League Table 2010/11

There are still plenty of unresolved questions with one match left to play, but the fog is beginning to clear in terms of what can and cannot be achieved regarding Top 14's end of season play-offs.


Top 14, r25: Montpellier slip up again; Rampant Toulon hammer Perpignan

23 April 2011

Toulon's Fijian centre Gabi Lovobalavu
Try-scorer: Toulon's
Gabi Lovobalavu

Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

Toulon turned on the power as they beat Perpignan 43-12 to complete the league double over the 2009 champions.

Toulon's bonus-point win - which featured four tries - means the Catalans must now hope that Brive beat Montpellier tonight, otherwise they cannot qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.

Top 14 League Table 2010/11

If it was revenge that Toulon wanted, after their Heineken Cup defeat in Barcelona, then it won't have come much sweeter than this.

The hits were fulsome and commitment unquestioned as both sides slugged it out during the opening half hour. Clear openings were at a premium and it was with a certain inevitability that the point-scoring was monopolized up to then by Jonny Wilkinson and Jérôme Porical (with three penalties apiece).


Top 14, r25: Castres beat Biarritz to maintain perfect home record and move up to second

22 April 2011

Close, but no cigar: Biarritz hooker
Romain Terrain shows the pain
Photo: Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media

Castres 16 (6)
Biarritz 13

In-form Castres maintained their 100% home record with a dogged 16-13 victory over Biarritz at the Stade Pierre Antoine on Friday night.

Castres' latest win was their seventh in eight league games, and moved them up to second in Top 14 - pending results elsewhere on Saturday.

Ace marksman Romain Teulet was once again their star man, landing three penalties and converting Rodrigo Capo-Ortega's second-half try as he helped take his team to the edge of play-off qualification. An away trip to Perpignan looms on the final day - in two weeks' time - but Castres look to have done enough barring some freakish results to at least make it through to the quarter-finals.


Top 14, r25: Toulon and Perpignan go head-to-head again, but this time for league glory

22 April 2011

Action from the Perpignan v Toulon Heineken Cup quarter-final
Toulon and Perpignan
do battle again
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

With the relegation issues now resolved it is the ongoing scramble for play-off places which takes precedence in Top 14 this weekend. The equation is simple, if convoluted - nine teams can still qualify for the six play-off berths, with just seven points separating second-placed Racing-Métro from ninth placed Bayonne.

Top 14 League Table 2010/11

But, of course, it's not just a question of making it into the top six. There's also the finishing position to consider as the top two qualify straight through to the semi-finals, while the other four jockey for home advantage. Leaders Stade Toulousain should secure their semi-final presence with a home game against hapless Bourgoin likely to bring five points, and a possible cricket score, while champions Clermont Auvergne will be aiming to consolidate their own play-off hopes with a home game against relegated La Rochelle.


Top 14 Transfer Special: Rumours, facts and fiction - the story so far...

21 April  2011

Dan Carter in action this season
Heading to Paris?
Dan Carter
Photo: Michael Paler

While European champions Stade Toulousain were busy confirming their latest recruits rumours continue to abound about other big-name stars set to arrive in France next season.

Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams and Willie Mason have all been linked this week with lucrative Top 14 contracts, while Stade Francais and France centre Mathieu Bastareaud is also said to be on the move.

Toulon, unsurprisingly, are at the hub of much of the proposed transfer - being linked with Williams, Mason and Bastareaud - while Carter is said to be on his way to Paris for a second spell in French club rugby.

And what of Stade Toulousain's Frédéric Michalak? The inconsistent half-back continues to stall on a new deal with the four-time European champions, fuelling speculation of a move either to another Top 14 side, or (more likely) back to the southern hemisphere to try his hand at Super 15 rugby.


Top 14: Michalak dithers as Stade Toulousain sign McAlister, Burgess and Steenkamp

21 April  2011

Stade Toulousain's Frederic Michalak
Uncertain future:
Frédéric Michalak
Photo: Eoin Mundow
/Cleva Media

European champions Stade Toulousain have confirmed the signings of Luke McAlister, Luke Burgess, Gurthro Steenkamp, Lionel Beauxis and Timoci Matanavu for next season.

In addition the French giants have also announced that youngsters Jean-Marc Doussain, Nicolas Bézy and Russlan Buokerou have signed their first deals with the club.

One notable absentee from that list, however, remains enigmatic half-back Frédéric Michalak, with the French international currently stalling on a new contract as he weighs up his options.

The versatile international has already held discussions with Biarritz and ProD2 leaders Lyon OU, while Bayonne are also rumoured to be interested. A move to the southern hemisphere is also on the cards, with Michalak having previously spent a season in South Africa with the Natal Sharks.


18.04.2011 - Top 14: Toulon suspend Henson for a week, but prepare to sign Bastareaud
18.04.2011 - ProD2, r28: Lyon lose at 'home' in front of 30,000 as title race hots up

16.04.2011 - Top 14, r24: Sackey double revives Toulon with 21-9 'home' win over Stade Toulousain
15.04.2011 - Top 14 Transfers: Toulon sign Steffon Armitage on two-year deal
15.04.2011 - Top 14, r24 preview - Toulon and Biarritz turn their focus back to play-off qualification
14.04.2011 - Special Feature: Rugby takes centre stage (briefly) as Barcelona play the perfect hosts

13.04.2011 - Top 14: Salagoity resigns as Bayonne president; Bourgoin fined (twice!)
13.04.2011 - ProD2, r27: Saint-André close to joining brother after Lyon OU win

13.04.2011 - Top 14: Welsh star Phillips tipped to join Toulouse; Cash problems for Stade Francais
11.04.2011 - Heineken Cup, qf: Pain in Spain for Biarritz after Nyanga's late, late try
10.04.2011 - Heineken Cup, qf: Freshwater the unlikely hero as Perpignan progress
07.04.2011 - ACC, qf: Tries from Rougerie and Murimurivalu send Clermont through

07.04.2011 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Henson's debut, a crucial home win and preparing for Barcelona...
07.04.2011 - Heineken Cup: Barcelona back-drop befitting of mighty Perpignan and Toulon clash

06.04.2011 - Top 14: Toulouse officially welcome Beauxis; Montpellier sign Combezou
06.04.2011 - ACC, qf preview: Last chance for Stade Francais to rescue their season

05.04.2011 - Heineken Cup preview: History in the making as French double-headers relocate to Spain
04.04.2011 - ProD2, r26: Lyon OU a step closer to Top 14 after beating SCA Albi 25-12
04.04.2011 - Top 14: Henson happy to end career in Toulon; Prop Domingo's World Cup agony
02.04.2011 - Top 14, r23: Henson debut-try a bonus for Toulon; Brive relief after beating La Rochelle
01.04.2011 - Top 14, r23: Stade Toulousain underline title credentials with away win at Perpignan

31.03.2011 - Top 14 preview: Racing eye top spot; La Rochelle and Brive head-to-head
29.03.2011 - ProD2, r25: Bonus time for top three as Lyon, Albi and Grenoble all win

29.03.2011 - Top 14: Sivivatu signs for Clermont; Biarritz and Toulouse both suffer injury set-backs
28.03.2011 - Top 14, r22: Stade Francais pay the penalty as Montpellier rally to claim crucial 29-23 victory

26.03.2011 - Top 14, r22: Biarritz Basque in derby glory; Chabal try helps Racing down Toulouse
25.03.2011 - Top 14, r22: Teulet out-kicks Wilkinson as Castres beat Toulon
25.03.2011 - Census Johnston exclusive: "We know the deal and we believe we can win the double"
25.03.2011 - Top 14: Chesney snubs Sale to stay at Toulon; Clermont target Rokocoko
24.03.2011 - Top 14, r22 preview - Basque derby and top two clash dominate mouthwatering fixtures
22.03.2011 - Top 14: Toulouse sign Burgess; Salary cap up to ?8.7m; Stade Francais turn to super Mario
22.03.2011 - Harry's Game: "There is something strangely satisfying about a good old rant"
21.03.2011 - News: Gutted Haskell admits to uncertainty over his England future

21.03.2011 - Top 14: Will Williams wing in after Clermont terminate contract of "depressed" Nalaga?
20.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Nallet double lifts spirits with 28-9 win, but can't mask French failings
18.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Fear and loathing as England go for Grand Slam decider
18.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Dusautoir calls for French pride; Parra admits "we were total idiots"
17.03.2011 - Top 14: Hernandez surgery a success; Hines signs for Clermont; Rougerie's 20-day ban
16.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Williams to miss Paris swansong; Lièvremont 'sorry'
15.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Marty, Traille and Palisson start in revamped French side against Wales
14.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Jauzion, Chabal and Poitrenaud face World Cup disappointment

14.03.2011 - ProD2, r24: Albi close gap after Lyon lose again; Dax win but still in danger
12.03.2011 - Six Nations: Shocked Lièvremont blasts players for lacking the fight

12.03.2011 - Top 14, r21: Stade Toulousain extend lead; Castres beat Clermont to move up to third
11.03.2011 - Ollie Phillips column: Losing the plot, future uncertainty and James Haskell's versatility

11.03.2011 - Top 14, r21 preview: Battle for honours and survival rages on
10.03.2011 - Top 14: Confusion over Chesney's transfer from Toulon to Sale Sharks

10.03.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Lièvremont's indecision leads to muddled selection for 'Les Bleus'
09.03.2011 - Delon Armitage: "I've always said I would like to return back to play in France one day"
08.03.2011 - Top 14: Biarritz to miss out on play-offs; La Rochelle to get relegated...
07.03.2011 - Top 14: Hernandez injury rocks Racing-Métro and Pumas; Toulon confirm Botha signing
07.03.2011 - ProD2, r23: Lyon slip to rare defeat; Time running out for debt-ridden Dax
05.03.2011 - Top 14, r20: Pain in Spain for leaders Toulouse; Perpignan enjoy Paris away-day
04.03.2011 - Top 14, r20: Clermont beat Toulon 19-12, but Barthelemy's try earns bonus
03.03.2011 - Top 14, r20 preview - Clermont and Toulon kick off massive league weekend in France
02.03.2011 - Top 14: Bayonne jolted by Laporte's resignation and agent Kelleher claims
02.03.2011 - ProD2, r22: Narbonne part company with Ferrero; Lyon OU march on

01.03.2011 - Top 14: Stade Francais furious at non-release of England internationals Haskell and Palmer
22.02.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Lièvremont turns to experience for England clash at Twickenham
22.02.2011 - Six Nations: Nallet claims France are underdogs; Johnson ignores enmity
21.02.2011 - Top 14 Transfers: Toulon target Hape; Michalak fancied by Rebels
21.02.2011 - Six Nations: Lièvremont admits that French "don't like insular English"

20.02.2011 - ProD2, r21 review: Lyon stretch lead to eight points as Albi fall yet again
20.02.2011 - Tom May Exclusive: I will always remember playing alongside Tana, Sonny Bill and Jonny 
19.02.2011 - Top 14, r19: Leaders Stade Toulousain beat Biarritz 23-19 thanks to Doussain's late try 
18.02.2011 - Top 14, r19: Embattled Brive ease past Stade Francais 26-10 to boost survival hopes

18.02.2011 - Top 14: Toulouse sign Beauxis from Stade Francais; Racing get Estebanez
18.02.2011 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: 'Players rarely get to hear about transfers before the newspapers do'
17.02.2011 - Top 14: Scotland's Max Evans signs for Castres; Shaun Perry to join Worcester

17.02.2011 - Top 14: Scotland's Evans signs for Castres; Byrne urges Williams to join him at Clermont
17.02.2011 - Top 14, r19 preview - Wilkinson's return just the boost Toulon need for trip to SU Agen
16.02.2011 - Top 14: Winger Williams considers French leave; England release Wilkinson to Toulon

16.02.2011 - Harry's Game: Land Rovers, Limoges and learning the language - Life as a ProD2 lock
15.02.2011 - Top 14: Giteau signs for Toulon; Evans close to Castres deal; Wyn-Jones ponders move
14.02.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Dusautoir ecstatic after French win, but Lièvremont plays the Grinch
13.02.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Médard scores again as France beat Ireland 25-22 at the Aviva

13.02.2011 - Six Nations: England winger Ashton writes himself into the record books
12.02.2011 - Top 14, r18: Racing Métro reclaim second spot after Montpellier dismantle Clermont
12.02.2011 - Top 14, r18: Leaders Stade Toulousain edge past La Rochelle thanks to last-ditch penalty

11.02.2011 - Six Nations: Haskell retains starting berth as Palmer's stature grows
10.02.2011 - Top 14, r18 preview - Absentees level the field as the battle for Top 14 survival hots up
10.02.2011 - RBS Six Nations: Ireland out to repay Kidney's faith against rejuvenated France
09.02.2011 - Top 14: Bourgoin drop points appeal as full-back Tian signs for SU Agen
09.02.2011 - International: Weighty problems for dropped French centre Mathieu Bastareaud
08.02.2011 - Six Nations: Poitrenaud in at full-back as Lièvremont moves Traille to inside centre

07.02.2011 - ProD2, r20: Lyon OU stretch lead to six points after Albi's home defeat
07.02.2011 - Six Nations: France recall Jauzion after season-ending injury for centre Mermoz
06.02.2011 - Top 14: Wilkinson backs Henson to succeed; Toulon add Palisson to their all-star squad
05.02.2011 - Six Nations: Trinh-Duc and Médard inspire France to 34-21 opening win
04.02.2011 - Top 14: Henson relishing Toulon adventure; Toulouse sign Matanavou

03.02.2011 - Top 14: Toulon confirm signing of Wales' Gavin Henson on five month deal
03.02.2011 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: 'Playing for Toulon is like playing for the Harlem Globetrotters'

03.02.2011 - Six Nations: Yannick Jauzion out as Marc Lièvremont re-jigs back line
03.02.2011 - Six Nations: Haskell and Palmer make England starting XV, but Wilkinson on bench
02.02.2011 - Top 14: Byrne signs with Clermont; White in talks with Bayonne; Five arrive at 'Montpol'
31.01.2011 - Top 14 Transfers: Kelleher and Skrela exit Toulouse; Byrne to follow Hook to France

28.01.2011 - Top 14, r17: Maxime Médard double lifts Stade Toulousain seven points clear
09.01.2011 - Top 14, r16: James Haskell try earns Stade Francais revenge, and bonus
02.01.2011 - Top 14, r15: Toulon's Wilkinson celebrates contract extension with 18-point haul
15.10.2010 - Heineken Cup, r2 review: Buoyant Castres Olympic give Cardiff the Blues
15.10.2010 - Heineken Cup, r2 preview: Clermont make 11 changes for Racing clash
14.10.2010 - ACC, r2 preview: In-form Montpellier first up as French clubs seek to rise to the Challenge
11.10.2010 - ProD2, r6: Lyon win in front of huge crowd, but 100% SCA Albi stay top
11.10.2010 - News: Jonny Wilkinson out of Toulon's trip to Munster; 32,000 watch ProD2's Lyon OU
11.10.2010 - ACC, r1: Bayonne beat Harlequins to make it 6/7 wins for French clubs
10.10.2010 - H Cup, r1: Lucky Toulouse narrowly avoid Wasps' sting; Yachvili kicks Biarritz to win
09.10.2010 - Heineken Cup, r1: Battling Castres earn defensive bonus, but rue missed opportunity

08.10.2010 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: All kitted out and ready to make history - Toulon get shirty for H-Cup

08.10.2010 - ACC, r1: Nine-try Stade rise to the Challenge; Bourgoin earn bonus
07.10.2010 - ACC, r1: Re-jigged Stade Francais prepare for European Challenge
06.10.2010 - Top 14: Parra named PoY; Perpignan in 'advanced talks' with Hook

06.10.2010 - Heineken Cup, r1 preview: French clubs out to consolidate their European dominance
04.10.2010 - Editor's Blog: Debutants Racing-Métro 92 and Toulon offer Heineken Cup refreshment
02.10.2010 - Top 14, r9: Dimitri Yachvili the Biarritz hero as Bayonne lose at home in the Basque derby
02.10.2010 - Top 14, r9: Racing-Métro reclaim the lead despite 28-23 defeat at Stade Toulousain
01.10.2010 - Top 14, r9: Jonny Wilkinson kicks Toulon to fourth straight win - and level with leaders
30.09.10 - Top 14, r9 preview - "No pressure" says Chabal as Racing-Métro journey Toulouse

30.09.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: We're not where we want, but we're definitely on the right path
28.09.10 - News: British refs to take charge of Top 14 as French sides prepare for European assault
28.09.10 - Heineken Cup: Frédéric Michalak and Aurélien Rougerie underline European allure 

27.09.10 - ProD2, r5: SCA Albi go clear at the top;  Four-try Lazzarotto stars for Carcassonne
26.09.10 - Top 14, r8: Montpellier claim top spot for first time in history; Racing-Métro win again
24.09.10 - Top 14, r8: Toulon's 3-26 victory piles more pressure on basement boys Bourgoin
23.09.10 - Top 14, r8 preview - Leaders Racing out to consolidate top spot; Brive eye another scalp

23.09.10 - News: Maka denies 'slavery' charge; Toulon to keep Wilko "at any price"
23.09.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Life's a beach and then you've got to go and play rugby
20.09.10 - ProD2, r4: Albi and Lyon maintain 100% starts; Dax finally off the mark
18.09.10 - Top 14, r7: Wilkinson's boot downs Clermont; Racing-Métro batter Bourgoin to go top
17.09.10 - Top 14, r7: Stade Toulousain down early pace-setters Bayonne 29-20
17.09.10 - Top 14, r7 preview - Bayonne enter the lions' den; Biarritz seek to continue winning run
15.09.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais' Juan Manuel Leguizamon banned for 80 days
14.09.10 - ProD2, r3: RC Narbonne "ashamed" after shock home defeat by Saint-Etienne
11.09.10 - Top 14, r6: Brive comeback stuns Stade Francais; Jonny Wilkinson leads Toulon rout

10.09.10 - Top 14, r6 preview - leaders Bayonne face test of credentials; Pressure on for Toulon
09.09.10 - Top 14: Clermont sign Creevy; Caucau courted; Toulon hunt for scrum-half
09.09.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Three games in nine days results in inevitable fatigue and more injuries
07.09.10 - ProD2: Four teams maintain 100% winning start, with Albi the leaders
05.09.10 - Top 14, r5: Yachvili inspires Biarritz win over Stade Francais; Brive thrash 14-man Toulon

01.09.10 - Top 14, r4: Giant-slayers Montpellier down Toulouse; Wilko kicks Toulon to gritty win
31.08.10 - Top 14, r4 preview - Racing out for revenge against Clermont; SF bring back the big guns

30.08.10 - Top 14: Brive sign Argentine scrum-half Figuerola; Caucau 'not missed'
30.08.10 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Rugby is dying... in Australia at least
29.08.10 - ProD2, r1: Newcomers Carcassonne win at Auch; Narbonne edge Tarbes

28.08.10 - Top 14, r3: Dominant Toulouse go top after Montpellier stun Perpignan at the Aimé Giral
26.08.10 - Top 14, r3 preview - When two Stades go to war... Toulouse prepare for Parisian threat

25.08.10 - Top 14: Confusion at Biarritz over Gonzalez; Hernández set for debut
25.08.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Captaining Toulon was a special honour, but winning was my priority
21.08.10 - Top 14, r2 review: Brit-pack give Toulon first win in Biarritz for 29 years; Bayonne flying

19.08.10 - Top 14, r2 preview - Jonny Wilkinson back for Toulon for their crucial away trip to Biarritz
18.08.10 - Special Feature: It's all about getting SEEN - Paul Sackey's quest for an England recall

18.08.10 - Paul Dearlove: Age shall not weary them - The value of experience, III
14.08.10 - Top 14: Bayonne and La Rochelle the big winners after opening round
13.08.10 - Top 14, r1 preview: Toulon to justify hype; Clermont begin defence against Perpignan
12.08.10 - Top 14 Season preview special: Club by club guide to 2010/11
12.08.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Coming second is nowhere - we want to win silverware now
10.08.10 - Top 14: Double injury blow for Biarritz; Oelschig suspended; Flavell out for a month
09.08.10 - Top 14: Excitement mounts as new season beckons after frenetic weekend of friendlies

06.08.10 - Top 14: Bourgoin Player Licences Unblocked; Happy Wilkinson Sees Toulon As Last Club
05.08.10 - Top 14: Toulon stand firm over Wilkinson's non-release for England's training camp
02.08.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: All Revved Up And Ready To Go - It's Time To End The Friendly Stuff

01.08.10 - Top 14: Blow for Toulon as Genevois is ruled out for three months
29.07.10 - Paul Dearlove column: Age Shall Not Weary Them - The Importance of Experience, Pt 2
26.07.10 - Top 14: Bayonne, Brive and Toulon all win; Bourgoin sanctioned; 'Caucau' suspended
26.07.10 - Carl Collett: Free-running Australia send angry Springboks packing 
22.07.10 - Carl Collett's View from Down Under: Rod Macqueen - from Icon to Rebel
22.07.10 - Heineken Cup: Champions Stade Toulousain open with heavyweight clash against Wasps
19.07.10 - Top 14: Fly-half curse strikes at Perpignan again; Rokocoko turns down Toulon offer

17.07.10 - Paul Dearlove column: Age Shall Not Weary Them - The Importance of Experience, Pt I
16.07.10 - Top 14: Newcomers strengthen as transfer deadline passes (again!)
14.07.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Fatherhood, Ferraris and 40-degree heat - Pre-season Toulon stylee
09.07.10 - Top 14: Toulon sign winger Perez; Elissalde begins new life as a coach
09.07.10 - Top 14: Bourgoin escape relegation; Murray signs for Castres; Powell deal falls through
07.07.10 - Carl Collett column: 'Jouer l'advantage' - Who's really calling the shots?
03.07.10 - Top 14: Andy Powell to sign for SU Agen; Lachlan MacKay continues Brive exodus
03.07.10 - Top 14: Bourgoin relegated to Fédérale 1 (pending appeal); Montauban start afresh

03.07.10 - Top 14: Clermont start defence at Perpignan; Ouedraogo blasts Frêche
28.06.10 - Top 14: Wales No 8 Powell close to signing for Agen; Stade Francais keen on Mehrtens
27.06.10 - International: Pumas savage 'Les Bleus' 41-13 to end a traumatic week for French sport
27.06.10 - Carl Collett: Deans uncomfortable as a Kiwi controlling the Wallaby camp
27.06.10 - Top 14: Perez resigns as president of Montpol after pressure from Frêche
25.06.10 - International: Tired France look to banish the blues with victory against re-jigged Argentina
25.06.10 - Top 14: 'El Magico' back in training; Wulf transfer in doubt; Lauaki fined
23.06.10 - International: New-look France make seven changes to starting XV to face Argentina
22.06.10 - International: Injured Contepomi named in Pumas squad; France U20s secure fifth spot

22.06.10 - Top 14: Fixtures unveiled Thursday; Montauban player exodus continues
19.06.10 - International: Uninspired France prove too strong for Argentina 'A' win 37-14 victory
19.06.10 - News: Cheika relaxed; Montauban accept fate; Saint Etienne in ProD2
17.06.10 - Top 14 2010/11 Transfer Special: Toulon and Racing-Métro 92 dominate the headlines
13.06.10 - International: Ruthless Boks batter 'Les Bleus'; Limited England exposed by Aussies
11.06.10 - News: Bankrupt Montauban banished from professional rugby; David Attoub ban reduced
10.06.10 - International: Parra bullish; France 'A' cruise past Uruguay; France Under-20s win again
08.06.10 - International: France name Biarritz's Lauret to start against South Africa
07.06.10 - Top 14: Heymans and Estebanez at centre of transfer rumours; DNACG eye up Bourgoin
06.06.10 News: Sonny Bill Williams leaves Toulon; Mathieu Bastareaud out of France's tour
05.06.10 - International: Elissalde signs off in style as Barbarians beat Ireland in his final game

04.06.10 - News: Saint-André lures Smith to Toulon; Van Niekerk relishing return
31.05.10 - International: England repel partying Barbarians; Lamboley replaces Harinordoquy
30.05.10 - Top 14 Final: Tears of joy and relief as 'Les Jaunards' revel in their maiden French title
29.05.10 - Top 14 Final: Clermont Auvergne Parra-storm to maiden French title
28.05.10 - News: Dupuy begins comeback with France 'A'; Davies joins Stade exodus
27.05.10 - International: Saint-André brings French flavour to the Barbarians
27.05.10 - Top 14 Final: Clermont Auvergne out to disprove 'chokers' tag at 11th time of asking
25.05.10 - News: France call up Fritz for injured Jauzion; All Blacks step up bid to lure Toulon's Williams

24.05.10 - Toulon regrets; Thompson quits Brive; NZRU courts Williams; Montpellier unveil Galthié
24.05.10 - ProD2: "Super happy" Dambielle kicks La Rochelle into Top 14 with play-off victory
23.05.10 - ACC Final: Toulon heartbreak in Marseille after Cardiff rally win 28-21
22.05.10 - Ollie Phillips column: Gutted to miss out for England, but loyalty to Stade

23.05.10 - Heineken Cup Final: European kings Stade Toulousain beat Biarritz to reclaim crown
16.05.10 - ProD2 play-offs: Lyon OU and La Rochelle just one match from Top 14
15.05.10 - Jonny Wilkinson's Top 14 dream ends with extra-time heartache against Clermont
14.05.10 - Jonny Wilkinson: "I'm enjoying just playing again, like my younger days"
14.05.10 - Top 14: Porical boots Catalans to play-off semi win against Toulouse
13.05.10 - Paul Dearlove: "It's been a good couple of weeks - in fact it's been a good six months"
13.05.10 - News: ProD2 champions SU Agen confirm 11 new signings to bolster squad for Top 14
11.05.10 - Top 14 Transfer Special: Who's hot and who's not - the story for 2010/11 so far...
11.05.10 - Top 14: Racing-Métro to confirm Juan Martin Hernández signing by the end of the month
10.05.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais players agree 3% wage cut; Bayonne continue recruitment

09.05.10 - ProD2, r30: Pau's narrow win at FC Auch Gers secures play-off slot at Grenoble's expense
08.05.10 - Top 14: Stade Toulousain keep double hopes alive by crushing Castres
07.05.10 - Top 14: Clermont Parra-shoot in semis after 21-17 win over Racing
07.05.10 - Top 14: Erik 'The Viking' Lund joins brother at Biarritz; Sylvain Marconnet to Bayonne?
07.05.10 - Top 14 Play-Offs: Stade Toulousain and Clermont Auvergne favourites to progress
06.05.10 - Top 14 Play-Offs: Underdogs Racing-Métro and Castres out to confound the form book
05.05.10 - Top 14: Berry and Ward exit Racing; Béchu takes over at Montpol; Bourgoin duo stay put

02.05.10 - ProD2, r29: Celebrations begin as champions SU Agen secure promotion back to Top 14
02.05.10 - Heineken Cup: Yachvili kicks Biarritz to glory over Munster, and sets up an all-French final
02.05.10 - Heineken Cup: David Skrela leads Stade Toulousain to sixth final with 21-point show

01.05.10 - ACC: Jonny Wilkinson kicks Toulon into 'home' final after 19-12 victory in Connacht
30.04.10 - Heineken Cup preview: Everything Toulouse as champions Leinster prepare their defence
29.04.10 - ACC: "We can?t wait to play now, we just love playing together," says Toulon's El-Abd
27.04.10 - Top 14: Wilkinson revealed as highest earner in French rugby; Clermont to sign Lauaki
27.04.10 - Top 14: Disgruntled players slam Montauban board after relegation follows bankruptcy

26.04.10 - Photo special: Getting SEEN - French rugby celebrated in new free online publication
25.04.10 - Top 14: Jooste and Nicolas join Bourgoin exodus as survivalists are asset-stripped
25.04.10 - Jamie Noon interview: 'Moving to Brive has been brilliant - I want to stay after retiring'
24.04.10 - Bayonne relegated (possibly) after last-day defeat; Perpignan and Toulon into semis
23.04.10 - Top 14, r26 preview: Home quarter-finals up for grabs while Montauban battle for survival
21.04.10 - Top 14: Boyet and Vulivuli head for Bourgoin exit; All Black Weepu ponders French switch

21.04.10 - Top 14: Riki Flutey signs for Wasps to end his five-match Brive encounter
19.04.10 - ProD2, r28: Oyonnax falter again as SU Agen pull 13 points clear; Lyon OU up to third
18.04.10 - Top 14: Wilkinson's haul sends Toulon top; Racing beat Biarritz to secure play-off spot
18.04.10 - James Haskell interview: I've grown up as a person and am a better player
17.04.10 - Top 14: Shoulder injury ends Riki Flutey's season, but Jamie Noon extends his stay
15.04.10 - Top 14, preview: Biarritz and Racing battle for sixth; Toulon and Perpignan for the lead

14.04.10 - News: Guy Noves hits back at critics; Mourad Boudjellal planning Toulon's 'bank robbery'  
14.04.10 - News: Saint-André named as Barbarians coach; Biarritz target Thurston
13.04.10 - Top 14: Montauban's rescue package falls through; Stade Francais fight to keep Gasnier
13.04.10 - ProD2, r27: SU Agen near promotion to Top 14; Lannemezan relegated
12.04.10 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'It doesn't get any better than this, and what an advert for rugby'
11.04.10 - Heineken Cup: Stade Toulousain turn on the style to thrash rivals Stade Francais 42-16
11.04.10 - Heineken Cup: Battling Biarritz edge out Ospreys to seal semi-final berth
09.04.10 - Heineken Cup: Malzieu's hat-trick not enough as Clermont's nearly men fail again

10.04.10 - Heineken Cup: Confident Kelleher believes Stade Toulousain are peaking to perfection
09.04.10 - Heineken Cup: Biarritz v Ospreys preview - Basques fearful of Williams' wing wizardry
08.04.10 - Top 14: Toulouse sign Delasau; Puma Agulla becomes a Tiger; O'Driscoll considers Paris
06.04.10 - ProD2, r26: Leaders Agen into play-offs on good weekend for top five
04.04.10 - Top 14, r24: Crucial win for Perpignan at Castres; Seven-up Toulon climb to second
02.04.10 - Top 14: Hope for Brive and Biarritz after Toulouse beat dogged Racing
01.04.10 - Ollie Phillips column: 'We're not broke, and we still think we can win the Heineken Cup'
31.03.10 - Top 14, r24 preview: Last-chance saloon for Biarritz and Brive, as Racing face Toulouse

29.03.10 - Top 14: Montauban relegated by the DNACG; Ollie Smith signs for Quins
30.03.10 - Top 14: Thorne denies Toulon link; Donguy's injury blamed on congested fixture list 
29.03.10 - Top 14: Debt-ridden Stade Francais summoned by DNACG; French clubs eye Tait

29.03.10 - Top 14: Gasnier heading back to Australia; Donguy's season over
28.03.10 - ProD2, r25: Leaders SU Agen break clear after Pau down Oyonnax 17-6

29.03.10 - Feature: A season in decline - How it all went wrong for Paris giants Stade Francais
27.03.10 - Top 14, r23: Perpignan humiliate Stade Francais; Racing relief after Brive encounter
26.03.10 - Top 14: Big-spending Toulon now line up Bakkies Botha and Reuben Thorne
26.03.10 - Round 23 preview: Time to Brive - battle for play-offs hits fever pitch as Top 14 resumes
24.03.10 - Top 14: 'No club has contacted us about Flutey,' says Brive CEO Gillham
24.03.10 - Top 14: Umaga set to start on Friday; Bastareaud signs new deal with Stade

24.03.10 - Top 14: Toulon signing Carl Hayman retains glimmer of hope for playing in the World Cup
21.03.10 - RBS Six Nations: Forward motion secures ninth Grand Slam for France
20.03.10 - Top 14: Newcastle admit defeat as Carl Hayman joins Falcons exodus to Toulon
19.03.10 - Feature: Franck Mesnel on Grand Slams, Wilko and 'Le Showbizz'
19.03.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais name Michael Cheika new director of rugby; Albi sack Eric Béchu
19.03.10 - Top 14: All Blacks legend Tana Umaga, 36, confirms playing return with Toulon
19.03.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais sack Jacque Delmas; SCA Albi sack Eric Béchu
18.03.10 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'The possibility of Tana Umaga playing again is an exciting prospect'
18.03.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais to sack Jacque Delmas and bring back Fabien Galthié
17.03.10 - RBS Six Nations: Wilko and out - England ring the changes as Paris nightmare looms
15.03.10 - Top 14: Tana Umaga confirms Toulon exit, but Carl Hayman could yet jet in
16.03.10 - Bastareaud back as confident France go in search of revenge and the Grand Slam
15.03.10 - RBS 6 Nations: France unchanged for Grand Slam showdown after dispatching Italy
15.03.10 - ProD2, r24: SU Agen and Oyonnax neck and neck in promotion race
14.03.10 - Top 14, r22: Rosalen stars as Montauban beat Racing-Métro 45-31 to boost survival hopes
12.03.10 - Top 14: Brive tell Flutey to stay (sort of); Perpignan rage against the LNR
12.03.10 - RBS Six Nations: Auld rivalries renewed as England take on Scotland
12.03.10 - Top 14, r22: Pressure mounts as French league enters make-or-break weekend
11.03.10 - ProD2: Leaders Agen held at Pau; La Rochelle's winning run ends at Lyon
07.03.10 - RBS Six Nations: France turn to Yachvili after injury to Michalak

06.03.10 - Top 14: Toulouse humiliate Stade Francais; Castres brush off Brive to reclaim the lead
05.03.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais accuse RFU of 'shameful blackmail' over James Haskell affair

05.03.10 - Top 14: Sackey wings in to Toulon, but confusion surrounds Williams
04.03.10 - Top 14: 'Hostage' Haskell caught in the crossfire; Attoub loses appeal

04.03.10 - Top 14, r21: Clermont out for revenge over Perpignan; Stades do battle in Paris 'classico'
03.03.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais demand England release James Haskell for weekend 'classico'

03.03.10 - Top 14: RFU set to finance Riki Flutey's Brive exit; Eric Béchu to quit
02.03.10 Top 14: Endgame - The race for the play-offs hots up as nine teams fight for six positions
01.03.10 - ProD2: SU Agen beat Oyonnax 23-11 to take a massive step toward Top 14
01,03,10 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'Boudjellal is chasing Williams hard, and he usually gets his man'
28.02.10 - Top 14: Battling Bourgoin breathe again after beating Bayonne 12-6
26.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: France beat Wales 26-20 in Cardiff to maintain Grand Slam ambitions
26.02.10 - Top 14: Bourgoin and Bayonne to battle it out in relegation showdown
26.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: France out to lift the roof against Wales at the Millennium Stadium
25.02.10 - Top 14: Toulon prepare £1m package to lure Shane Williams; Ti'i Paulo signs for Clermont
24.02.10 - Top 14: Brive refuse to release Riki Flutey, but bid adieu to Andy Goode
23.03.10 - News: Gasnier and SBW set for Top 14 exits; France call up Andreu for injured Fall
23.02.10 - News: Andy Goode confirms permanent Brive exit; England name unchanged XV for Ireland
22.02.10 - ProD2: SU Agen and Oyonnax both win again to set up title showdown
22.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: France name Fall and Bonnaire in starting XV for Wales clash
21.02.10 - Top 14: Flutey to sign for Munster; Williams confirms Toulon interest
20.02.10 - Top 14, r20: Castres reclaim lead; Toulon stun Stade Toulousain away
18.02.10 - Top 14, r20 preview: Focus returns to the league as play-off hopefuls battle for points
18.02.10 - Top 14: Toulon confirm Paul Sackey signing; Natal Sharks sign Brive's Andy Goode on loan
17.02.10 - News: Toulouse boss Noves fumes at being denied Jean-Baptiste Poux
17.02.10 - Top 14: Toulon target Shane Williams to join wide-boy Paul Sackey; Bai signs for Castres
16.02.10 - ProD2: SU Agen reclaim top spot; Aurillac win boosts play-off hopes
15.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: Nervous England squeeze past determined Italy to register second win
14.02.10 - RBS 6 Nations: France target Grand Slam after dismantling champions Ireland 33-10 in Paris
13.02.10 - RBS 6 Nations: Parra's cheating claims add further spice to France-Ireland showdown
12.02.10 - Top 14: Médard and Millo-Chluski extend with Toulouse; Dupuy appeals
12.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: Jonny Wilkinson and Riki Flutey - the start of a beautiful relationship?
11.02.10 - Top 14: England winger Paul Sackey set to join Toulon after confirming Wasps exit
11.02.10 - Joe (El-Abd) Blogs: Siege mentality will help England, but France are still my favourites
10.02.10 - RBS 6 Nations: Marconnet, Palisson and Clerc in as France make changes for Ireland
10.02.10 - Top 14: Rebels line up Mark Gasnier; Toulon sign Jean-Philippe Genevois
10.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: Fit-again Flutey named in England's starting XV
08.02.10 - ProD2, r20: Oyonnax claim top spot after SU Agen are held at Grenoble
08.02.10 - RBS 6 Nations: Mathieu Bastareaud double hastens public redemption for French centre
06.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: James Haskell double earns England a 30-17 home win against Wales
06.02.10 - Top 14: Champs Perpignan down Bayonne to move level with Castres
05.02.10 - RBS Six Nations: England turn to Toby Flood after late Riki Flutey injury
05.02.10 - Top 14: Bayonne ready for Perpignan; Toulon sign Schofield, target Sackey
05.02.10 - RBS 6 Nations: France turn to Frédéric Michalak after Jean-Baptiste Elissalde injury
03.02.10 - RBS 6 Nations: Poitrenaud, Bastareaud and Rougerie in France starting XV for Scotland
02.02.10 - Top 14: French clubs target Borthwick, Sackey, Kay and Cipriani
30.01.10 - RBS 6 Nations: Pierre replaces injured Millo-Chluski; Lièvremont targets the Grand Slam
28.01.10 - Top 14, r19: Bayonne win Basque derby to raise survival hopes; Toulouse batter Albi
28.10.10 - Top 14: "Happy" Wilkinson agrees one-year extension to stay at Toulon
27.01.10 - Top 14, r19: Castres beat Stade Francais  to reclaim the lead after Racing down Clermont
26.01.10 - Top 14, r19 preview: Struggling Bayonne entertain Biarritz in a crucial Basque derby
26.01.10 - ProD2, r18: Agen's lead cut to two points as Oyonnax head chasing pack
25.01.10 - H Cup: French clubs dominate quarter-finals, with the two Stades going head-to-head
24.01.10 - ACC, r6: Bourgoin win 18-9 at Leeds to join Toulon in the quarter-finals
24.01.10 - Heineken Cup, r6 review: Toulouse and Biarritz both win to seal home quarter-finals
24.01.10 - Heineken Cup: Four French teams into quarter finals; Brave Brive battle to shed 'point-less' tag
24.01.10 - ACC, r6: Wilkinson's Toulon hit Castres for six to secure quarter-final
23.01.10 - Iain Balshaw exclusive: "We've got the talent, but we're too inconsistent"
23.01.10 - Heineken Cup: Stade Francais and Clermont make it four French teams into quarter finals
23.01.10 - ACC, r6: Bayonne, Montauban, Montpellier and Racing-Métro all win
23.01.10 - Top 14: England World Cup winner Lewis Moody eyes up French move; Attoub appeals
23.01.10 - Shaun Perry exclusive: 'It would be a massive disappointment to finish without any points'
22.01.10 - Top 14: Ospreys star Mike Phillips joins James Hook on the French wish-list
22.01.10 - ACC, r6: Wisniewski's last-gasp kick earns Racing 19-17 win over Wasps
21.01.10 - Heineken Cup, r6 preview: Stage set for French clubs to monopolize the last eight
21.01.10 - ACC, r6 preview: Toulon and Bourgoin fly the French flag in Amlin Challenge
21.02.10 - International: Mathieu Bastareaud called up as Marc Lièvremont goes back to the future 
20.01.10 - News: Attoub "traumatised" at 70-week ban; Guazzini claims "anti-French bias" again
19.01.10 - News: Elissalde and Boyet tipped for France recalls; Fauqué leaves Toulon for Bayonne
18.01.10 - ProD2, r17: Agen and Oyonnax both lose as the chasing pack gains ground
17.01.10 - ACC, r5: Bayonne beat Racing for rare win; Toulon and Bourgoin eye quarter-final
17.01.10 - Heineken Cup: Stade Toulousain join Biarritz in quarter-finals after hammering Harlequins
15.01.10 - News: Perpignan chase James Hook; David Attoub guilty of eye-gouging
15.01.10 - Heineken Cup, r5 preview: No room for mistakes as French clubs seek Euro glory
15.01.10 - ACC, r5: Toulon still top despite defeat; Bourgoin ease to victory
14.01.10 - News: Top 14 quartet named in England squad; Triple blow for France
14.01.10 - ACC, r5 preview: Wilkinson to start for Toulon; Montpellier optimistic
14.01.10 - Top 14: Julien Dupuy gets one week reduction; Bayonne change coaches again
12.01.10 - ProD2, r16: Pau demolish Narbonne; Oyonnax close gap on leaders Agen
10.01.10 - Top 14, r18: Michalak's miss proves costly as Clermont Auvergne win 16-15 at Toulouse
09.01.10 - Top 14, r18: Castres stay top despite defeat; Toulon, Brive and Stade Francais all win
08.01.10 - Top 14: Wilkinson to extend, Rooney to leave; Gasnier still undecided
08.01.10 - Ollie Phillips column: Snow, injuries and playing away - all in a day's work at Stade
08.01.10 - Top 14, r18 preview - Crunch time as arctic weather adds an icy chill to crucial fixtures
06.01.10 - Top 14: Stade Francais turn to hooker in hour of need; Lucky 13th for Julien Dupuy?
06.01.10 - Top 14: Buoyant Bourgoin given cash boost ahead of Bayonne showdown
04.01.10 - Top 14: Scrum-half crisis deepens at Stade Francais; Broken leg sidelines Jason White
03.01.10 - Top 14, r17: Clinical Clermont dispatch Toulon; Bourgoin stun Racing to halt run
03.01.10 - Top 14, r17: Riki Flutey makes winning return as Brive beat champions Perpignan
01.01.10 - Top 14, r17 preview - In-form Racing-Métro seek perfect 10; Toulon test for Clermont
31.12.09 - Feature: Contrasting fortunes in 2009 of in-form Racing-Métro and struggling Bayonne
30.12.09 - Top 14: Toulouse down champions Perpignan, but Castres win again to stay top
30.12.09 - Top 14: Danny Cipriani plays down French link; Julien Malzieu extends
29.12.09 - Top 14, r16 preview - Stade Toulousain-Perpignan clash headlines a festive feast 
27.12.09 - Top 14: England's Danny Cipriani linked with Stade Francais; Riki Flutey set for comeback
23.12.09 - International: Julien Dupuy's ban opens door for Frédéric Michalak and Dimitri Yachvili
23.12.09 - News: Perpignan prop Schuster cited; Galthié linked with Top 14's Bayonne
21.12.09 - News: Juan Martin Hernandez set to sign for Racing-Métro 92; Julien Dupuy appeals ban
21.12.09 - ProD2, r15: Agen halfway to heaven after bonus-point win against Tarbes
21.12.09 - ACC, r4: Toulon maintain 100% record to set up Saracens showdown
21.12.09 - Heineken Cup, r4: Four French clubs set for the quarter-finals after crucial weekend
19.12.09 - News: Stade president Guazzini claims Dupuy's ban is "political" and "anti-French"
19.12.09 - ACC, r4: Montauban beat Newcastle to keep quarter-final hopes alive
18.12.09 - News: Stade Francais' Julien Dupuy banned for six months by ERC for eye-gouging
18.12.09 - Heineken Cup, r4: Brussels on the menu as Stade Francais get into the Christmas spirit
18.12.09 - ACC, r4: London Wasps end Bayonne's Challenge, but Bourgoin keep hopes alive
17.12.09 - News: Dupuy and Attoub hearings delayed; Brive pair banned; Top 14 salary caps
17.12.09 - ACC, r4 preview: Bourgoin and Bayonne kick off crucial weekend of European club action
15.12.09 - News: "Stupid and dumb" Dupuy and Attoub say sorry; Racing target Clermont's Bonnaire
14.12.09 - H-Cup: Biarritz slay Dragons and Clermont tame Tigers as French clubs bite back
14.12.09 - ProD2, r14: SU Agen stretch lead to seven points; Narbonne up to second
12.12.09 - Heineken Cup: Perpignan pay the penalty as Ronan O'Gara boots Munster to narrow win
12.12.09 - ACC, r3: Saracens win at Castres, but Toulon still top after routing Rovigo
11.12.09 - Heineken Cup, r3 preview: Revenge in the air as French sides target quarter-final berths
10.12.09 - Special Feature: The role of rugby within sporting culture in the south west of France, Part II
10.12.09 - ACC preview: Battle of the top guns as Castres play host to Saracens in pool three shootout
08.12.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'I see the Top 14 play-off race going all the way down the last game'
08.12.09 - Top 14: High-flying Racing-Metro hit by Mathieu Lorée's cannabis confession
07.12.09 - ProD2, r13: Lucky 13 for Lannemezan after first win; Agen lose at Narbonne
06.12.09 - Top 14: Rocket-man Steyn propels Racing-Métro up to third after 28-15 win over Toulon
05.12.09 - Top 14, r15: Stade Francais and Perpignan ease to wins, while Bourgoin upset Castres
05.12.09 - Top 14, r15: Montauban beat Clermont 20-15 as 'Les Jaunards' continue to struggle
04.12.09 - Special feature: The role of rugby in sporting culture within the southwest of France
03.12.09 - Top 14, r15 preview - Internationals return to add further sparkle to glitzy weekend
03.12.09 - Top 14: Seven up for Racing-Métro after 23-20 win in Biarritz; David out
02.12.09 - Top 14: Racing head to Biarritz looking for seventh heaven; Swine flu hits Brive and Albi
30.11.09 - International: France lick their wounds as Graham Henry praises "special" All Blacks
30.11.09 - ProD2, r12: Leaders SU Agen pull eight points clear after 10th victory
28.11.09 - International: Five-try All Blacks gain sweet revenge in Marseille massacre
28.11.09 - Top 14: Toulouse third after derby win; Brive ease pressure with 25-3 victory at Montpellier
28.11.09 - Top 14, r14: Castres thrash Biarritz to claim outright lead; Wilkinson's boot sinks Stade Francais
27.11.09 - International: In-form France ready for All Black challenge in Marseille
27.11.09 - Top 14, r14 preview - Buoyant Castres eye up overall lead; Wilkinson set for Paris stage
25.11.09 - Top 14: Wilko back as Toulon target 'Fridge'; Toulouse woes continue
25.11.09 - News: 'Prototype' Barcella leads French revolution; Kelleher tips NZ
25.11.09 - News: Lièvremont makes seven changes for France starting XV against the All Blacks
24.11.09 - News: RFU back Johnson; Phillips not picked for England's sevens squad
24.11.09 - News: Nonu credits Lomu inspiration; Lièvremont finally turns to Heymans
24.11.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'Gym-monkeys, IPGs and the pain of being sidelined by injury'
23.11.09 - ProD2, r11: SU Agen consolidate to spot; Win-less Lannemezan lose again
21.11.09 - International: Trinh-Duc leads France to seven-try demolition of Samoa
21.11.09 - Top 14, r13: Racing take Paris honours while Castres and Biarritz also pull off major wins
19.11.09 - International: England's Ayoola Erinle vows to fight fire with fire against All Blacks
19.11.09 - Top 14, r13 - Paris derby pits newcomers Racing Métro against mighty Stade Francais
18.11.09 - International: Ayoola Erinle set for first England start against All Blacks
18.11.09 - International: Debuts for Fall and Lapandry as France make 12 changes for Samoa clash
18.11.09 - News: Strike threat averted after Top 14 presidents agree to further talks
17.11.09 - News: Top 14 clubs threaten strike action; Racing complain to EC about player quotas
15.11.09 - News: France make five changes for Samoa; USA beat Uruguay in qualifier
15.11.09 - News: Under-pressure Martin Johnson admits Twickenham boo-boys were right
14.11.09 - International: Matt Banahan's late try helps uninspiring England beat Argentina 16-9
13.11.09 - International: France turn on the power to beat world champions South Africa 20-13
13.11.09 - News: France expects; Wilkinson backs England to improve; Samoa target Wales win
11.11.09 - News: Steve Thompson out, James Haskell in as Martin Johnson shuffles the England pack
11.11.09 - News: England call up Doran-Jones; France and SA prepare for Friday 13th fright night
11.11.09 - News: Racing's Francois Steyn to play for French Barbarians v Europe XV
10.11.09 - Feature: Ayoola Erinle emerges from the darkness to become centre of attention
09.11.09 - International: Toulon connection adds spice to England v Argentina
09.11.09 - International: Lièvremont opts for power as  David gets the nod to slay Springbok goliaths
08.11.09 - ProD2, r10: Oyonnax make it magnificent seven (straight wins), but SU Agen still extend lead
08.11.09 - Exclusive: England sevens captain Phillips in club v country conundrum
08.11.09 - International: Jonny Wilkinson's boot not enough to save England against Australia
06.11.09 - International: England's 'Frenchies' out to prove the doubters wrong at Twickenham
06.11.09 - Exclusive: 'Haskell is playing out of his skin' says house-mate Phillips
05.11.09 - Top 14, r12: Shaun Perry's fireworks sets up Brive win; Castres and Clermont draw 9-9
05.11.09 - International: French moves helped Wilkinson and Thompson on road to England recalls
04.11.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: Star turns and the glamour play - how to judge a players' performance
03.11.09 - Top 14, r12 preview - Unlikely relegation double-header as Brive play host to Bayonne
03.11.09 - Top 14: Transfer rumours abound as Racing-Métro line up big name stars
03.11.09 - International: Steve Thompson set to start for England; Aussies wary of Jonny Wilkinson
02.11.09 - ProD2: Agen stretch lead; Oyonnax maintain six-match winning streak
02.11.09 - News: England call up Biarritz centre Erinle; France add Guirado after Ducalcon injury
31.10.09 - Top 14: Last-gasp James rescues Clermont; Racing's Wisniewski sinks Stade Toulousain
30.10.09 - Top 14, r11: Castres within a whisker of shock win at defending champions Perpignan
29.10.09 - Top 14, r11 preview - Title aspirations on the line as leaders Castres travel to Perpignan
29.10.09 - Top 14: Byron Kelleher escapes jail; Ben Cohen left Brive "in their hour of need"
28.10.09 - Top 14: Mola - Brive must get back to basics and concentrate on survival
28.10.09 - News: Lièvremont calls up Michalak and four new caps, but no place for sorry Bastareaud
27.10.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: Why I relish the role of 'gratteur', and the key to back row success
27.10.09 - News: Injured Lionel Beauxis to miss Tests; Mathieu Bastareaud to say sorry
27.10.09 - News: Wilkinson, Thompson, Haskell and Goode named in Johnson's England squad
27.10.09 - Top 14: Brive's Laurent Seigne departs; Albi's Eric Bechu offers to go
26.10.09 - ProD2, r8: SU Agen reclaim the lead; Lyon's late rally stuns La Rochelle
24.10.09 - Top 14, r10 review: Unsung Castres claim top spot; 21-up for Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson
22.10.09 - Top 14, r10 - Big four clash as Biarritz and Stade Francais put winning runs on the line
21.10.09 - News: Marc Lièvremont still waiting for Mathieu Bastareaud apology
21.10.09 - Top 14: Biarritz relishing Hunt's arrival; Nyanga out for five months
21.10.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'My brothers think I'm mad when they see all my rugby scars'
19.10.09 - News: Thierry Dusautoir is new France captain; Karmichael Hunt arrives in Biarritz
19.10.09 - ProD2, r7: Narbonne take top spot after Agen's late defeat at Oyonnax
18.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r2: Stade Francais win in Bath thanks to Ollie Phillips' late try; Clermont fall just short
18.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r2: Five-try Biarritz demolish Gloucester; Toulouse rally for win; Brive crash again
17.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r2 review: French champions Perpignan beat Northampton Saints 29-13
17.10.09 - Top 14: NRL star Karmichael Hunt confirms six-month Biarritz deal
16.10.09 - Top 14: LNR hands out heavy fines and bans; Hook to stay put, for now
15.10.09 - ACC, r2: "I'm just enjoying myself," says Toulon match-winner Jonny Wilkinson
15.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r2: Precious away wins up for grabs as Stades Toulousain and Francais hit the road
15.10.09 - Heineken Cup: James Haskell - 'I love Paris, I love the French. Everything is wonderful here'
14.10.09 - News: England coaches to watch Wilko; Stade 'asked' Hernandez to go
14.10.09 - Top 14: Surprise packages Bourgoin and Castres take the plaudits for results so far
13.10.09 - Ben Cohen interview: "I was massively irresponsible going to France," says winger
13.10.09 - Heineken Cup: Troubled Brive eye Leinster; Perpignan's sinners target Saints
13.10.09 - ACC - Steyn adds to Racing's injuries; Wilkinson set for Saracens showdown
13.10.09 - Iain Balshaw interview: 'The boys pull off crazy moves in training, and it's great to see'
12.10.09 - Byron Kelleher interview: "We've been playing as individuals and not as a team"
11.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r1: Five-star Stade Toulousain turn on the style against toothless Sharks
10.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r1: Treviso stun Perpignan; Stade Francais, Biarritz and Clermont win
10.10.09 - Top 14: Bayonne go fly (half) fishing with Hook; Tuqiri's uncertain future
10.10.09 - ACC, r1 review: Montpellier, Montauban and Toulon win away as Top 14 clubs flourish
09.10.09 - Heineken Cup, r1 preview: French sides out to make amends for last season's failures
09.10.09 - Ollie Phillips exclusive: 'Stade Francais is a massive club and it demands massive results'
08.10.09 - ACC, r1 preview: Opportunity knocks as French clubs rotate playing squads
07.10.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: 'I keep telling them Rovigo is not Rome, but they're still excited'
06.10.09 - Heineken Cup: Rougerie admits Clermont must be 'more British' to succeed
06.10.09 - Top 14: Napolioni Nalaga named Player of the Year; Montpellier coaches face possible sack
05.10.09 - Heineken Cup: All eyes turn to Europe as French clubs seek 'H-Cup' redemption
04.10.09 - Top 14: Biarritz Basque in league glory after down champs Perpignan
04.10.09 - Top 14, r9: Clermont dispatch Bayonne to reclaim lead; In-form Castres up to second
02.10.09 - Top 14: Haskell scores as Stade put Brive to the sword in front of England's Johnson
01.10.09 - Top 14, r9 preview - England coaches jet in to watch Stade Francais-Brive clash in Paris
30.09.09 - International: French target Williams and Gasnier; Bastareaud escapes ban
30.09.09 - Heineken Cup: Triple injury blow for Stade Francais; Stade Toulousain eye revenge
29.09.09 - Top 14: Castres Olympique climb to third spot after beating SCA Albi 25-21 in the Tarn derby
28.09.09 - Top 14: Pin-up Haskell shows balls; Tuqiri claims Toulon are interested
28.09.09 - Joe (El Abd) Blogs: The three-part conundrum of winning away in France's Top 14
28.09.09 - ProD2, r5: Agen beat Grenoble to claim top spot; Provence get first victory
26.09.09 - Top 14, r8: Perpignan sink Clermont again;  Toulouse held at home; Biarritz up to third
25.09.09 - Top 14: Goode news at last for Brive; Seventh time lucky for SCA Albi
25.09.09 - Top 14, r8 preview - Bragging rights for grabs as French league readies for titanic weekend
24.09.09 - Top 14: Andrew voices French concerns (again) after Flutey injury
23.09.09 - Top 14: French clubs fishing for Hook; Steyn ready his for Racing adventure
22.09.09 - Joe Blogs: 'There's more to Jonny than just kicking - his defence kept us in the match'
21.09.09 - Steve Thompson column: 'It's a results-based business, but there's no need to panic yet'
21.09.09 - Top 14: Brive forced to apologize after fan threatens ref; Wilko revels in the spotlight
20.09.09 - Top 14, r7: Brive 10th after wins for Bayonne, Perpignan and Castres
20.09.09 - Top 14: 18-point Wilkinson kicks Toulon to "special" victory against Stade Toulousian
20.09.09 - ProD2, r4: Grenoble take outright lead; Dax and Agen both win away
19.09.09 - Top 14, r7: Six-try Clermont demolish Albi; Stade Francais and Biarritz both win again
18.09.09 - Top 14, r7 preview - Wilkinson ready for Toulon's showdown with Stade Toulousain
17.09.09 - Top 14: Toulouse's mounting injury crisis; 'Misunderstood' Tuqiri still hopeful of deal
17.09.09 - Top 14: Contrite Kelleher apologizes for "stupid mistake" fuelled by drink
16.09.09 - Top 14: Courageous Castres battle back to snatch draw at Montauban
14.09.09 - Top 14: Flutey out for three months; Bayonne break off talks with Tuqiri
14.09.09 - Joe Bloggs: Lesson number one - 'Pas de melee, pas de victoire'
13.09.09 - ProD2, r3 review: RC Narbonne, Grenoble and Lyon OU all win again
13.09.09 - Top 14: 'Rocket launcher' Steyn set to jet into Paris after Tri-Nations heroics
12.09.09 - Top 14, r6: Haskell scores again as  Stade Francais start Delmas era with emphatic win
12.09.09 - Top 14: Kelleher held in police custody after late night car crash
11.09.09 - Top 14: Cash-strapped Bourgoin hit the jackpot by downing champions Perpignan
11.09.09 - Paul Dearlove column: The down sides to being a pro rugby player
11.09.09 - Top 14: Stade Francais - the truth emerges after McKenzie sacking 
11.09.09 - Top 14: Double blow for Brive as Flutey and Goode face more surgery
11.09.09 - Top 14, r6 preview - Blanco comments add further spice to Basque derby, in north Spain
08.09.09 - Joe Blogs: 'The money's good, but so is the weather, the rugby and the amazing crowds'
08.09.09 - ProD2, round two review: Grenoble and RC Narbonne share the early lead
06.09.09 - Top 14, r5: Stade Francais crash to defeat in Biarritz; Castres win again
05.09.09 - Top 14, r5 preview: Toulouse and Clermont go toe-to-toe; Wilko rested
05.09.09 - Ollie Phillips interview: 'There's absolutely no reason why we can't beat anyone in Top 14'
02.09.09 - Top 14: Sparky Kelleher rescues sloppy Stade Toulousain
02.09.09 - Top 14, round 4 review: Toulon and Toulouse share top spot as Stade Francais crash again
02.09.09 - Top 14: Crisis club Bourgoin saved from the abyss by new rescue deal
01.09.09 - Top 14, r4 preview - Showdown at the Mayol as Wilkinson goes head-to-head with James
31.08.09 - ProD2, r1 review: Relegated Dax and Mont-de-Marsan start with home wins
29.08.09 - Top 14, r3 review: Wilkinson's boot fires Toulon up to third; Perpignan beat Toulouse
29.08.09 - Top 14, round 3 review: Perpignan hang on to beat Stade Toulousain; Clermont go top
29.08.09 - Top 14: Honours even as Brive are held 9-9 at home by derby rivals Clermont Auvergne
27.08.09 - Top 14, r3 preview: All eyes on the champions as Toulouse ride into town
27.08.09 - Top 14: Bourgoin could go belly-up after collapse of rescue package
27.08.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: 'Bloodgate' - "Most players thought it was a good idea"
26.08.09 - Top 14: 'Swine Flu' hits Stade Francais and Bayonne; Medard out for a month
26.08.09 - Top 14: Tuqiri ponders Bayonne offer; Jeanjean nears Leicester Tigers deal
26.08.09 - Shaun Perry interview: 'I would love to pull on the England shirt again and sing the anthem'
24.08.09 - Top 14: Habana set for Stormers after Toulon refuse to increase their offer
23.08.09 - Riki Flutey interview: 'Playing for England was huge, but the Lions was something else'
22.08.09 - Top 14, round 2 review: Stade Toulousain crush Brive; Montpellier stun Perpignan
22.08.09 - Top 14: Wisniewski to face 'hero' Wilko; Erinle set for Biarritz debut
21.08.09 - Top 14: Stade Francais feel the pain in Spain as Bayonne record 38-24 win
20.08.09 - Top 14: Round 2 preview - Brive get early test of play-off credentials at Stade Toulousain
19.08.09 - Top 14: Further details emerge of proposed Bourgoin-Lyon merger; Pau hit by DNACG
19.08.09 - Top 14: Michalak ruled out of Brive clash; Clermont injury list mounts
17.08.09 - Top 14: Habana and Fourie still in French spotlight; Elissalde gets hot under the collar
17.08.09 - Top 14: Bourgoin president Flamand resigns as merger with Lyon OU draws ever nearer
15.08.09 - Brive lead Top 14 after as Thompson try helps them to bonus point win against Montpellier
15.08.09 - Top 14: DNACG block 14 Bourgoin player licences as big three all win on opening day
14.08.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson kicks 17 points on debut but Stade Francais hold Toulon to a draw
14.08.09 - Top 14: 'Fans revere Wilkinson like a modern-day Saint' says Skeate
13.08.09 - Top 14: Zen-like Wilkinson determined to throw off the shackles
13.08.09 - Top 14: Clermont concede Fourie defeat: Stade boss McKenzie backs Bastareaud
13.08.09 - Top 14: Round 1 preview - All eyes on Wilkinson as French rugby prepares to sizzle
12.08.09 - 'Brit pack' set to light up Top 14 after cross Channel invasion - 2009/10 preview, part I
12.08.09 - 'Brit pack' invasion set to light up Top 14 - Season preview, Part II
11.08.09 - Top 14: Doussaint injury deepens fly-half crisis at Stade Toulousain
11.08.09 - Top 14: Crisis? What crisis? French clubs spend their way out of global credit crunch
09.08.09 - Top 14: Broken arm rules out Maleli for three months; Harinordoquy to miss season's start
08.08.09 - Top 14: Mola defends Brive's English recruitment policy; Biarritz stun Toulouse
08.08.09 - News: Dusautoir pleads for Bastareaud leniency; Tuqiri to stay in Australia
07.08.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson puts the boot in as Toulon sink AC Brumbies to continue winning start
06.08.09 - Top 14: Michalak's injury boost; Tuqiri set to join Bayonne in 2010/11
06.08.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson to start against Brumbies; Montpellier tame the Tigers
06.08.09 - News: Bastareaud could miss 2011 World Cup after FFR predict three year international ban
05.08.09 - Top 14: Confusion over Michalak's injury and Bayonne's approach for sacked Wallaby Tuqiri
03.08.09 - Top 14: Injured Michalak set to miss start of new season; Ellis quits Brive for the Exiles
02.08.09 - Top 14: Life's a beach for Bastareaud: Guazzini's 'common dislike' for Hernandez
02.08.09 - Top 14: Robinson's awe for 'machine' Wilko; La Rochelle sign Brive's Ligairi
01.08.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson rested as Toulon win again; Champions Perpignan downed by Brumbies
31.07.09 - Top 14: Stade Toulousain face anxious wait; Munster sign Brugnaut, Tigers trial Jeanjean
29.07.09 - Top 14: Clerc epitomizes Toulouse's hunger; Biarritz and Bayonne begin with victories
29.07.09 - Top 14: Toulon switch venues after stadium deaths before Madonna gig
29.07.09 - ProD2: Troubled Tarbes unveil new president and name Mavrodin as their forwards' coach
28.07.09 - Top 14: Provale lays into Toulouse; Noves denies Habana link; Bastareaud edges back
25.07.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson hits 'em for six as 10,000 watch Toulon debut in pre-season friendly
24.07.09 - Top 14: All eyes on Wilkinson as England World Cup hero makes his debut for Toulon
24.08.09 - Heineken Cup: Early season Sale for three-times champions Toulouse
22.07.09 - Exclusive: 'Toulon have one aim this season, qualify for the Heineken Cup' - Ross Skeate  
22.07.09 - Top 14: Hernandez slams Stade Francais on departure; Brive lose Davies and Sheahan
21.07.09 - Top 14: High Noon at Brive as English back line takes centre stage
21.07.09 - Top 14: Racing to get started as new recruits add grist to Metro's squad
19.07.09 - News: Record crowds confirm Top 14's popularity amid plans for foreign expansion
19.07.09 - Top 14: School's out, except for new recruits; Clermont close in on Fourie
18.07.09 - ProD2: Storm clouds brewing in Tarbes while local rivals Lannemezan sign 19 new players
15.07.09 - Top 14: England release Wilkinson for Toulon's opening game of the new season
10.07.09 - Top 14: Don't be fooled by Toulon president Boudjellal playing down Habana interest
09.07.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson's Toulon face Haskell's Stade Francais in tantalising season opener
08.07.09 - News: Toulon release recalled Wilkinson for England training; Hines joins Leinster
05.07.09 - News: Hernandez 'agreed' to join Toulon; Perpignan's Hines close to Leinster switch
03.07.09 - Top 14: French international Médard in hospital with 'swine flu'
01.07.09 - News: Bastareaud 'attempted suicide' by jumping in Paris' River Seine
01.07.09 - News: Recession hits French rugby - up to 80 players left without clubs for 2009/10
30.06.09 - News: Hernandez signs for Natal Sharks; Hill to coach Federale 1 club Chalon-sur-Saone
29.06.09 - News: Parisse banned for eight weeks; Hernandez considers leaving Stade Francais
29.06.09 - News: Lomu signs for Marseille; Habana weighs up three French offers
29.06.09 - International: Bastareaud hospitalized in Paris with 'severe psychological problems'
27.06.09 - International: Giteau masterclass sinks France; Parisse cited in Italian defeat to All Blacks
27.06.09 - International: Lying Bastareaud - More questions than answers after confession
24.06.09 - News: French rugby rocked by swine flu; Stade Francais snap up Nottingham's Davies
24.06.09 - News: Tarbes escape relegation to Federale 1; France ring the changes
23.06.09 - Top 14: DNACG warns 10 clubs; Injured Skrela out for six months after knee op
23.06.09 - International: Battered Bastareaud back in France after street assault
23.06.09 - International: France captain Dusautoir issues 'Les Bleus' rally call
20.06.09 - International: All Blacks edge out France to level series; Dupuy likely to stay at Leicester
18.06.09 - News: Tarbes hope for DNACG relegation reprieve; Brive's Davies signs for Ospreys
18.06.09 - International: History beckons for confident France; Gower starts again
16.06.09 - ECC: Racing-Metro draw Wasps; Wilkinson's Toulon to face Saracens and Castres
16.06.09 - News: Perpignan's Brunel recovering well; Stade Toulousain beef up; Lannemezan win Jean-Prat Trophy
16.06.09 - International: All Blacks and Australia ring the changes; Steyn at full-back
13.06.09 - News: Pumas gain revenge on England; Gower's baptism of fire
13.06.09 - International: 'Les Bleus' leave All Blacks red-faced after stunning 27-22 win in Dunedin
11.06.09 - International: England drop Haskell for Pumas clash; France debutant Dupuy in dreamland
11.06.09 - Top 14: Bourgoin celebrate survival with five signings; Albi strengthen too
10.06.09 - News: Dupuy gets the nod - for France and Stade Francais; Steyn signs for Racing-Metro
10.06.09 - Heineken Cup: Brive, Stade Toulousain and Clermont Auvergne handed tough pool draws
09.06.09 - International: Lobbe targets Pumas' revenge; France looking for an upset
09.06.09 - News: Stade Francais double their offer for Dupuy; DNACG threaten to relegate Tarbes
07.06.09 - International: England looking Goode after convincing win over Argentina
07.06.09 - News: Clermont's Rougerie, Bonnaire and Floch pull out of France's summer tour
06.06.09 - Top 14 final: Porical's boot brings Catalan joy as Perpignan beat Clermont Auvergne
05.06.09 - Top 14 final: Clermont Auvergne hoping for 10th time lucky against confident Perpignan
05.06.09 - Top 14: Perpignan target Michalak to replace Carter; Toulon want Habana
04.06.09 - International: Distinct Gallic flavour to England-Argentina clash at Twickenham
03.06.09 - International: Toulon's May handed England debut; Bayonne's Gower set for Italy start
03.06.09 - Top 14: Leicester want improved offer from Stade Francais for Dupuy
02.06.09 - News: Collins tells Australian press to 'lay off' SBW; Marshall calls for Barbarians to play the All Blacks
01.06.09 - News: Phillips named as IRB's Sevens Player of Year; SBW relishing Wallaby challenge
01.06.09 - News: Lannemezan and Aix-en-Provence promoted to ProD2 
31.05.09 - News: SCA Albi promoted back to Top 14 after play-off win; Balshaw double sinks England
30.05.09 - Top 14 play-offs: Perpignan set up final clash with Clermont after seeing off Stade Francais
30.05.09 - News: Bourgoin's Frier cited for final punch; SBW happy to stay in France
29.05.09 - Top 14 play-offs: Champions dethroned as Clermont Auvergne beat Stade Toulousain
29.05.09 - Top 14: Everything Toulouse - Defending champs out to break Clermont hearts, again
28.05.09 - News: Ooh la la...Wilko charms Toulon with French polish; SBW lands knockout blow 
27.09.05 - Byron Kelleher interview: 'Winning is not enough for us - we like to win with flair'
27.05.09 - News: England name five France-based players; Wilkinson mania erupts in Toulon
26.05.09 - News: Wilko expected in Toulon on Wednesday; Injuries force France to make three changes
26.05.09 - Top 14: Stade Toulousain's Michalak linked with possible move to Bayonne or Leinster
24.05.09 - ProD2 play-off: Unheralded Oyonnax one match from Top 14 after shock win at Agen
23.05.09 - News: Parra doubtful for France's summer tour; SCA Albi reach ProD2 play-off final
22.05.09 - ECC: Brive joy as Myler kicks Northampton Saints to victory over Bourgoin
22.05.09 - ProD2 play-off preview: SU Agen favourites to join Racing in Top 14 
22.05.09 - ECC final preview: Relaxed Bourgoin up for the Challenge as Brive and Wasps look on
21.05.09 - Top 14: Boudjellal explains Wilko 'fantasy'; SBW back in Oz to make pro boxing debut
21.05.09 - News: Thompson relishes England recall; Five ProD2 players in France 'A' squad
20.05.09 - Top 14: England internationals Noon and Perry among four new signings for Brive
19.05.09 - News: Three Brive players in England squad as Thompson gets a recall
19.05.09 - International: Dupuy set for French call up; Gower gets nod for Italian job
19.05.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson admits 'feeling like a kid again' after signing with French club Toulon
18.05.09 - Top 14: Toulon president Boudjellal confirms signing of England fly-half Wilkinson
18.05.09 - Top 14: It's official - England fly-half Wilkinson agrees two-year deal with Toulon
17.05.09 - ProD2: SU Agen, SCA Albi, Oyonnax and La Rochelle in promotion play-offs for Top 14
16.05.09 - Top 14, round 26: Biarritz seal Heineken qualification, but Brive are left dangling
14.05.09 - Top 14, round 26 preview: Biarritz, Bayonne and Brive battle for Heineken Cup qualification
14.05.09 - Exclusive: Ross Skeate - 'Wilkinson would bring vast experience an quality to Toulon'
13.05.09 - News: Bayonne's Gower set for Italian job; Toulon's Koyamaibole joins Sale
12.05.09 - News: Dupuy's French switch moves nearer as Tigers begin the search for a replacement
10.05.09 - Top 14: Biarritz win in Paris to near qualification for the Heineken Cup
10.05.09 - Feature: Not Toulon now - France holds its breath for the arrival of Jonny Wilkinson
10.05.09 - Top 14: Collins quits Toulon as Ospreys swoop for former All Black
09.05.09 - Top 14, round 25: Bourgoin win sends Dax down; Brive revive their Heineken hopes
08.05.09 - Top 14: Dax your lot, almost - Toulon secure status to leave Dax teetering on the edge
08.05.09 - Top 14 preview: Four-way battle for survival between Dax, Toulon, Bourgoin and Castres
07.05.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: The merry pranksters of ProD2's Section Paloise 
07.05.09 - ECC: Bourgoin's final venue switched to London after ERC backs down
07.05.09 - Top 14: England sevens captain Phillips signs for Stade Francais; Johnston joins Toulouse
06.05.09 - Top 14: Stale Nallet denies 'mercenary' claims and explains move to Racing-Metro 92
06.05.09 - ECC: Revol laments 'scandalous' final decision and denies LNR was consulted
05.05.09 - News: Irate Bourgoin demand EEC final venue switch; Injured Racing target Steyn out for weeks
04.05.09 - Top 14: Leicester's French scrum-half Dupuy set to sign for Stade Francais; Robinson relishing Toulon challenge
04.05.09 - Top 14: Newcastle and England centre Noon joins the mounting British exodus to France
03.05.09 - ProD2: Tarbes and Pau fall from reckoning as the race for promotion goes to the wire
02.05.09 - ECC: Bourgoin Parra-glide into final after 22-11 home win against Worcester Warriors
01.05.09 - ProD2, Round 29 preview: Who will join Racing-Metro 92 in Top 14 next season?
01.05.09 - News: Bourgoin target Heineken refreshment; Want-away Dupuy starts for Leicester Tigers
01.05.09 - Top 14: The great British exodus - the story so far...
01.05.9 - Top 14: Saint-André - 'I do not want to be a mere pawn'; Munster's Sheahan to join Brive
30.04.09 - Top 14: Munster's Ryan signs for Toulon as worried Andrew issues yet more threats
29.04.09 - Top 14: Chabal and Nallet lock in to Racing Metro's dream for fast track to success
29.04.09 - Top 14: Racing president Lorenzetti gets shirty with Stade Francais; Hines snubs Perpignan for the Lions
29.04.09 - Top 14: England fly-half Wilkinson expected to sign for Toulon after Dax match on May 8
28.04.09 - Top 14: Scots Southwell and Lamont sign up for French duty; Dupuy still intent on leaving
26.04.09 - Feature: Racing to the Top - a closer look at ProD2 Champions Racing-Metro 92
26.04.09 - ProD2: Racing-Metro promoted to Top 14; Beziers relegated to Federal 1
26.04.09 - Top 14: England full-back Balshaw signs for Biarritz as French player-drain continues
25.04.09 - Top 14: Perpignan beat Clermont Auvergne to stay top; Mont-de-Marsan relegated
24.04.09 - Top 14: Late Bastareaud try earns stuttering Stade Francais away win
24.04.09 - Top 14, round 24 preview: All to play for as the French season draws to its climax
24.04.09 - Top 14: England scrum-half Perry  latest to join the French player drain
24.04.9 - Top 14: Tributes pour in for "warrior leader" Pelous after retirement confirmation
24.04.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Only four British  and Irish Lions would get into my World XV 
23.04.09 - Top 14: France and Stade Toulousain legend Pelous confirms retirement at end of season
22.04.09 - News: Perpignan's Hines joins history man Flutey as Lions name 'beasts' for South Africa tour
21.04.09 - Top 14: Battered Bourgoin braced for bumpy ride as financial crisis unravels
21.04.09 - Top 14: Balshaw in talks with Biarritz as British exodus to France turns into a torrent
20.04.09 - Top 14: LNR and FFR on collision course; Galthie for Montpellier?
20.04.09 - Top 14: Newcastle's Noon and May to follow Wilkinson across the Channel to Top 14
19.04.09 - ProD2: Racing Metro '92 one win from confirming promotion to Top 14
19.04.09 - 'Imposters' Toulon turn Top 14 on its head after a bizarre weekend of league action
18.04.09 - Top 14: Toulon stun Toulouse, as Clermont batter Brive and Bayonne destroy Bourgoin
17.04.09 - Top 14: Biarritz maintain Heineken hopes with win against Perpignan
17.04.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson's Toulon switch nears completion as contract details are sorted
16.04.09 - Top 14, round 23 preview: Brive look to bounce back; 60,000 expected at Toulon
15.04.09 - Top 14: Saracens veteran Chesney signs for Toulon; Ouedraogo extends with Montpellier
14.04.09 - News: Heineken hero Dupuy told to stay at Leicester; Buoyant Bourgoin relish victory
13.04.09 - ProD2, round 26: Racing and Agen win again; Bourg-en-Bresse dent Pau's fading play-off hopes
11.04.09 - Heineken Cup: Noves rails against the referee after Cardiff defeat gives Toulouse the Blues
10.04.09 - Heineken Cup preview: Time to get serious as Stade Toulousain travel to take on Cardiff
10.04.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Opinions and a***holes - Stop giving the ELVs a bum deal 
09.04.09 - ECC: Oh brother! Bourgoin hang on for shock win against London Irish
09.04.09 - European Challenge Cup preview: Brive and Bourgoin all set for quarter-final ties
08.04.09 - Top 14: Wilkinson close to Toulon deal; Haskell committed to Stade Francais switch
06.04.09 - News: Reports claim Haskell set to snub Stade Francais; Skrela doubtful for Cardiff clash05.04.09 - ProD2: Agen hang on to make ground as Racing Metro and SCA Albi lose
05.04.09 - Top 14: Pivotal weekend sees all but the final pieces of the season's jigsaw fall into place
04.04.09 - Top 14: Toulouse smash Brive; Clermont stun Stade Francais; Biarritz reclaim Basque pride
04.04.09 - News: Sunny days ahead for Saint-André; 'Hated' Haskell has no regrets
03.04.09 - ProD2: FC Auch Gers "99%" certain to go bankrupt as rescue deal fails
03.04.09 - Top 14: Five-try Bourgoin condemn doomed Dax to 10th straight defeat
03.04.09 - Top 14, round 22 preview: A weekend of mighty clashes as the season's end draws in
03.04.09 - Top 14: France's velvet 'Revol'ution - Salary cap and overseas player quotas confirmed by LNR
02.04.09 - Exclusive: Brive CEO Simon Gillham - 'All these people giving us s**t doesn?t matter'
01.04.09 - Crunch time for Stade Toulousain trio in fitness race for Heineken Cup
01.04.09 - News: Ibanez to coach? Ouedraogo commits to Montpellier, sort of...
01.04.09 - Exclusive interview: CEO Simon Gillham on the secrets behind Brive's French success
31.03.09 - Top 14: Carter to stay in France until June; Biarritz get ready for crucial Basque derby
30.03.09 - News: Collins and Betsen selected for Barbarians; All Blacks confirm SBW interest
29.03.09 - Top 14: Stade Toulousain win bragging rights and return to the top after 15-11 win
28.03.09 - Top 14: Perpignan go top after late Marty try; Brive beat Bayonne to continue run
27.03.09 - Top 14: Henjak's ill-discipline costs Toulon dear as Castres record crucial home win
27.03.09 - Top 14 - Round 21 Preview: Heavyweight clash dominates weekend fixtures in France
26.03.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Home truths, and the struggle to perform when playing away 
25.03.09 - News: Kelleher on the comeback trail as Stade Toulousain target Heineken Cup glory
24.03.09 - News: Glasgow's Henderson signs on with Montauban; Steyn expected at Racing Metro
23.03.09 - Six Nations: Seven-try Italian job only serves to highlight French inconsistencies
22.03.09 - ProD2 round 24: Pau and Oyonnax slip up,  Lyon push for a play-off berth
21.03.09 - Top 14: Brive clear the decks as rebuilding process continues; ALFD issues drug warning
21.03.09 - Top 14: Injured Skeate staying at Toulon; Williams extends and Lobbe to join
20.03.09 - Six Nations: Nervous French seek gladiator spirit for Roman redemption against Italy
19.03.09 - Six Nations - Furious Lièvremont offers Rome redemption for humiliated French
19.03.09 - News: Players' union seeks legal advice over RFU's warning letter to England squad
18.03.09 - Top 14: Cohen set for Sale as Brive winger reunites with former England colleague
17.03.09 - Top 14: Is Haskell having French doubts? Lamont wings in for Brive talks
17.03.09 - Six Nations: Lièvremont calls up Michalak for the first time after Tillous-Borde injury
16.03.09 - ProD2: SCA Albi beat Oyonnax; Agen up to third after last-gasp victory
16.03.09 - Six Nations: Dusautoir - 'It makes you weep... it was complete humiliation'
15.03.09 - Six Nations: Five-star England send feeble France packing in Twickenham humiliation
15.03.09 - Top 14: Wilko's French switch on the cards after weekend talks with Boudjellal in Toulon
14.03.09 - Top 14: Michalak keeps Stade Toulouse top; Impeccable James continues Clermont run
14.03.09 - Top 14: Toulon complete Contepomi signing, with Wilkinson poised for weekend talks
13.03.09 - Top 14: Stade Francais move top despite going down to Montauban
13.03.09 - Top 14 preview: Time running out as the spectre of relegation looms large
13.03.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: A week in the life of a professional rugby player
12.03.09 - Top 14: Williams set to extend as Saint-Andre prepares to meet the Toulon players
12.03.09 - Six Nations: 'Versatile' Chabal at flanker as Lièvremont beefs up for England
12.03.09 - News: Stade Toulousain's Kelleher hints at possible comeback for the All Blacks
10.03.09 - News: Lamb lined up by Racing Metro in place of Wilkinson; Toulon target Contepomi
10.03.09 - News: Picamoles recall ends Chabal switch; Sevens boost for 'Olympic dream'
08.03.09 - ProD2: Racing halt Pau's surge; Oyonnax to third after beating Beziers
07.03.09 - Top 14, round 19: Tight at the top as Stade Francais and Perpignan close on Toulouse
06.03.09 - Top 14: Perpignan thrash weakened Stade Toulousain to cut the gap to just one point
06.03.09 - News: Toulon favourites to land 'Wilko'; Top 14 stars shine in Dubai
06.03.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Me and my 'lucky undies';  The value of superstitions
05.03.09 - Top 14, round 19 preview: Catalan pride demands Perpignan victory over Toulouse
05.03.09 - Top 14: Toulon sign Welsh international Robinson; van Niekerk extends stay
05.03.09 - Six Nations: Tinkering Lièvremont rings the changes for England and Italy games
03.03.09 - News: Injury scuppers Elissalde's recall; Fiji bring out the big guns
03.03.09 - News: Sale's French prop Faure signs for Clermont; Wilkinson to stay put?
03.03.09 - Top 14: Crisis-riddled Montpellier sack coaches Nourault and Hyardet
01.03.09 - ProD2: Pau beat Oyonnax to climb to third, while Racing Metro surge on 
28.02.09 - Top 14, round 18 review: In-form Brive send depleted Stade Francais crashing
27.02.09 - Top 14: Revived Toulon take five thanks to vital away win at Bourgoin
27.02.09 - Six Nations: French joy after thrilling victory crushes Welsh hopes of another Grand Slam
27.02.09 - Six Nations: France out to defy the odds as confident Wales seek record-equalling win
27.02.09 - Top 14, round 18: All to play for as international calls deplete the top two
26.02.09 - News: RFU and Johnson issue 'get tough' policy to players moving to France... sort of
25.02.09 - Six Nations: Lièvremont makes five changes, with Baby a surprise choice at fly-half
24.02.09 - Six Nations: France call up Bastareaud and Trinh-Duc; Wales name Williams and Henson
23.02.09 - Interview: Steve Thompson - 'I really harbour hopes to stay in France when I finish playing'
23.02.09 - ProD2 round 20: Racing Metro '92 power on while SU Agen lose ground
22.02.09 - ProD2: Pau battle back to defeat La Rochelle and move up to fourth spot
22.02.09 - Top 14: Business as usual as Stade Toulousain beat Clermont Auvergne to move top again
22.02.09 - Transfer news: Up for grabs - Wales and Scotland now feel the power of the French
21.02.09 - Top 14, round 17 review: Castres climb clear as Toulon slip into the bottom two
20.02.09 - Top 14: Umaga's return unable to stop Stade Francais from reclaiming top spot
20.02.09 - Top 14, round 17 preview: Umaga set for Paris showdown; Toulouse seek winning return
19.02.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Drugs in rugby - Part II: The 'recreational' debate
18.02.09 - Comment: Hypocrisy abounds after French plunderers give English rugby a reality check
18.02.09 - Former France captain Ibanez retires; Haskell denies money was motivation
18.02.09 - Top 14: Gasnier versus SBW as Stade Francais head for Toulon showdown 
17.02.09 - Six Nations: More front row injury problems as prop Mas is ruled out
17.02.09 - Racing Metro confirm their interest in Wilkinson, Chabal, Nallet and Steyn
17.02.09 - News: Wasps stung by triple defection as Haskell, Palmer and Flutey head for France
15.02.09 - ProD2: Racing beat Agen to move 10 points clear; Aurillac's slump goes on
14.02.09 - Six Nations: Nervy France fumble their lines on Valentine's date with Scotland in Paris
13.02.09 - Interview: Brive's Welsh international Davies looks ahead to England clash
13.02.09 - Six Nations: Victory is imperative as France seek to bounce back against Scotland
12.02.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Drugs in rugby - Part I: Performance enhancing
11.02.09 - Six Nations: Dusautoir asks for patience as France seek to add substance to style
10.02.09 - Six Nations: Lièvremont rings the changes for Scotland; Fritz cited for eye-gouging
09.02.09 - ProD2: Racing extend lead as rivals stumble; Bourg pull off shock victory
08.02.09 - Six Nations: Lièvremont "extremely disappointed" after Ireland defeat
08.02.09 - Six Nations: Ireland gain revenge as French mistakes prove costly at Croke Park
07.02.09 - News: Perpignan sign Mieres to replace Carter; Van Niekerk extends with Toulon
06.02.09 - News: Gloucester's Balshaw agrees to join French club Racing Metro '92
06.02.09 - Six Nations preview: A new dawn beckons for Marc Lièvremont's youthful French squad
05.02.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive weekly column: Are 'les etrangers' good for French rugby?
04.02.09 - Six Nations: Lièvremont happy with selection; Nallet targets victory
04.02.09 - International: England look for the Goode times as they turn to Brive's fly-half
04.02.09 - News: Seven French clubs questioned in agent payments scandal; Toulon target Azam
02.02.09 - News: Triple injury boost for France; Senio to replace his brother at Clermont Auvergne
02.02.09 - ProD2 round 18: Racing win again but SU Agen lose ground after defeat at Oyonnax
01.02.09 - Top 14: Injury rules Carter out for the season; Toulouse's Kelleher sidelined for six weeks
31.01.09 - Top 14, round 16 review: Toulouse slip up at Biarritz; Perpignan hold Stade Francais
30.01.09 - Top 14: Five-try Toulon run Mont-de-Marsan ragged in relegation battle
30.01.09 - Top 14, round 16 preview: Umaga centre of attention; Stade looking for capital gains
29.01.09 - France drop Elissalde and recall Harinordoquy; Umaga set to play
28.01.09 - International: Chabal targets World Cup; Lièvremont calls up Trinh-Duc
28.01.09 - Top 14: Toulouse's Noves sparks club versus country row; Carter resumes training
28.01.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Do the French deserve their reputation for foul play? - Part II
27.01.09 - ProD2: Tempers flare as La Rochelle beat leaders Racing Metro '92
26.01.09 - Top 14: Saint-Andre takes over at Toulon, with Umaga set for shock playing comeback
25.01.09 - Heineken Cup, round six: Toulouse stay afloat in mud-Bath stalemate; Castres sting Wasps
24.01.09 - Heineken Cup: Clermont Auvergne and Perpignan sent packing on stormy Saturday
24.01.09 - Heineken Cup: Yachvili on song as Biarritz send Gloucester crashing out
23.01.09 - News: Toulouse beckons for David and Picamoles; FC Auch Gers saved
23.01.09 - Heineken Cup, round six preview: Top-drawer Toulouse go in search of the ultimate high
23.01.09 - European Challenge Cup: Brive easy - Top 14 side progress to quarter-final
22.01.09 - Top 14: Saint-Andre set to be unveiled by Toulon on Monday; Clermont eye Cusiter
22.01.09 - International: Michalak vows to win his place back after being overlooked
22.01.09 - European Challenge Cup, round six preview: Brive seek quarterfinal berth
21.01.09 - News: French international Parra signs for Clermont; Bath hit by Stevens' drug ban
19.01.09 - News: Wilkinson tipped to join ambitious French club Racing Metro
19.01.09 - Heineken Cup: 'Flop 14' - The inquest begins after a miserable weekend for French clubs
18.01.09 - ProD2: Racing Metro 92 pull clear as La Rochelle stumble at Oyonnax
18.01.09 - Heineken Cup: More French misery as Stade Francais crash out after defeat by Scarlets
17.01.09 - Heineken Cup: Unfancied Glasgow stun tournament favourites Stade Toulousain
17.01.09 - Racing Metro confirm Chabal interest; Montauban ease financial worries
16.01.09 - Heineken Cup: Clermont's seven tries prove in vain as Munster sweep into the last eight
15.01.09 - Top 14: Former All-Black Marshall quits Montpellier for Saracens
15.01.09 - Paul Dearlove's column: Do the French deserve their reputations for foul play?
15.01.09 - Heineken Cup, round five preview: Crunch time for Stade Francais and Perpignan
14.01.09 - Top 14: Montpellier's Deffins blames financial problems for his sudden resignation
14.01.09 - Top 14: Montpellier president Deffins resigns after less than a month at the helm
13.01.09 - A tale of three All Blacks: Carter and Collins injured; Marshall reinstated by Montpellier
12.01.09 - News: Perigueux player Latu dies after heart attack; IRB to investigate the Tincu affair
12.01.09 - ProD2: La Rochelle up to second as Racing Metro and Agen are frozen out
10.01.09 - Top 14, round 15: Biarritz win at last; Catalan concern for crocked All Black star Carter
09.01.09 - Top 14 - Kunavore's try seals a record-breaking night for Toulouse
09.01.09 - Hill keen on French challenge;  Laporte to shut door on foreigners?
08.01.09 - Top 14: Sale flanker White signs for French side Clermont Auvergne
08.01.09 - Top 14: Round 15 Preview - The icy chill of relegation looms large
08.01.09 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: Is professional rugby going to be credit crunched?
07.01.09 - News: Pro D2?s FC Auch Gers facing potential bankruptcy; Toulon?s troubles continue
05.01.09 - Top 14: Battered and bloody - Clubs count the cost of a brutal weekend
05.12.09 - Top 14: The attraction of signing up for France's burgeoning Foreign Legion
03.01.09 - Top 14, round 14: Perfect 10 for Toulouse, but Biarritz Olympique and Toulon lose again
03.01.09 - Top 14: Bayonne mourn singer Mixu?s death; French clubs line up English starlet Cipriani
02.01.09 - Top 14 - Bayonne pay the penalty for late misses as Castres hang on for vital draw
01.01.09 - Top 14 - Round 14 Preview
29.12.09 - IRB to investigate Tincu affair after Perpignan hooker plays in Top 14
29.12.08 - Top 14: Chabal weighing up his options; Injuries force Garbajosa into retirement
21.12.08 - ProD2 round 14: Racing Metro stretch their lead as Aurillac lose at Auch
20.12.08 - Top 14, round 13: Toulouse and Stade Francais with the bonus; Toulon in disarray
20.12.08 - Top 14: Rougerie double hands Clermont a rare away win
20.12.08 - Top 14: Banned Tincu allowed to play in France; Roncero finally grounded 
19.12.08 - Top 14 - Round 13 Preview: Carter set for league debut with Perpignan
18.12.08 - Top 14: McAlister tipped to join Saint-Andre and Chabal at Toulon
18.12.08 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: When two tribes go to war - The local derby
17.12.08 - Top 14: White departs early from Toulon; Toulouse's Servat signs for three more years
16.12.08 - Top 14: Mixed news for Toulouse; Blanco lays down the law at struggling Biarritz
15.12.08 - ProD2, round 13: Racing Metro ?92 stay top as SU Agen build momentum
15.12.08 - Heineken Cup ? Confident Carter kick-starts his Perpignan career with a crucial victory
14.12.08 - Heineken Cup ? Toulouse stroll on; Last-gasp agony for Clermont and  Stade Francais
13.12.08 - Heineken Cup: Castres stun leaders Leinster at the Stade Pierre Antoine
12.12.08 - Interview: Ben Cohen - Time to Brive
12.12.08 - News: Rougerie out of Munster clash; Dax crash to London Irish again
11.12.08 - Top 14: Tincu?s ban upheld by LNR; Toulon target Wallaby flanker Smith 
11.12.08 - Heineken Cup: Round four preview - All eyes on Perpignan's Carter
11.12.08 - Paul Dearlove's exclusive column: The game they play in heaven but who is playing God?
10.12.08 - Heineken Cup: Carter?s arrival raises expectation levels at Perpignan
10.12.08 - Top 14: Toulon welcome White, not Habana; Castres confirm coaching shake-up
09.12.08 - Exclusive: Ross Skeate - Locked on for Toulon success
08.12.08 - Top 14: Nallet and Tillous-Borde set for Castres exit; Wallaby Giteau staying put
07.12.08 - ProD2 round 12: Top three lose as Racing Metro '92 reclaim top spot
07.12.08 - Heineken Cup: James the hero as Clermont Auvergne beat champions Munster again
06.12.08 - Heineken Cup: Imperious Toulouse slay Dragons; Stade Francais get stage fright
06.12.08 - Heineken Cup: Unlucky Biarritz fall to narrow defeat; Montauban devoured by Sharks
05.12.08 - Heineken Cup ? Round three preview
05.12.08 - The Unknown Soldier - Life as a journeyman professional in France's ProD2
03.12.08 - Bourgoin?s Romer resigns; Cecillon sentenced and Saint-Andre quits Sale
03.12.08 - Heineken Cup ? Stade Francais set for record crowd; Toulouse look to extend winning run
03.12.08 - What makes Stade Toulousain so special? Our special correspondent investigates
02.12.08 - Top 14: ARU to tempt Giteau with captaincy; Toulouse without Skrela and Elissalde 
01.12.08 - ProD2 round 11: Aurillac recover against Grenoble to win and stay top
01.12.08 - Top 14: Giteau tempted by huge Bayonne offer; Carter ready for Perpignan adventure
29.11.08 - Top 14, round 12: Shocks aplenty as the relegation battle hots up
29.11.08 - Top 14: Rumour and denial as Giteau is linked with a £4.25m deal with Bayonne
29.11.08 - Top 14: Too good Toulouse throw down the championship gauntlet
28.11.08 - Top 14 - Round 12 Preview
28.11.08 - Top 14: Giteau wants to play in France; Biarritz replace Delmas with Gonzalez
27.11.08 - Top 14: Toulon president Boudjellal admits Henry was on his hit list
26.11.08 - Top 14: Toulon turn to Jake White; Toulouse prepare for top-two clash
25.11.08 - Top 14: The scramble for Chabal
24.11.08 - Springbok Habana wants to play in Top 14; Williams wins IRB Player of the Year award
24.11.08 - International: Skrela takes ?100 per cent? blame for Aussie defeat
23.11.08 - International: Skrela?s nightmare hands Aussies a narrow Paris win
23.11.08 - Top 14, round 11: Bayonne win again to keep the pressure on Toulouse
22.11.08 - Top 14: Seven Up for Toulouse; Stade Francais end three-match losing run
21.11.08 - Top 14 - Round 11 Preview
20.11.08 - McKenzie lavishes praise on Gasnier; Picamoles out for Australian revenge
19.11.08 - Exclusive:  Interview with International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset, Part III
19.11.08 - International: Chabal and Tillous-Borde in France?s starting XV against Australia
18.11.08 - International: France call up Tomas for injured scrum-half Elissalde
18.11.08 - Top 14: Montpellier pay the price for weekend victory over Stade Francais
17.11.08 - ProD2 round-up: Aurillac reclaim the lead; Bourg stay bottom despite win
16.11.08 - Top 14: Michalak off target as Toulouse struggle; Perpignan move up to second
15.11.08 - Top 14: Stade Francais slump continues with third successive league defeat
15.11.08 - Top 14: Perpignan threaten court action After Tincu?s 18-week ban is upheld
14.10.08 - Top 14 - Round 10 Preview
13.11.08 - Tincu awaits appeal decision; Lièvremont makes three changes to face Pacific Islanders
11.11.08 - Top 14: Biarritz manager Darrieumerlou is replaced by former forwards coach Rodriguez
09.11.08 - ProD2, round 9: Racing regain lead after Aurillac defeat Stade Rochelais
09.11.08 - International: France give Argentina the boot as ?Les Bleus? win ugly in Marseille
07.11.08 - Top 14: Leota banned for 30 days; Sonny ?Bill? Williams back in training
07.11.08 - International: Lièvremont and Heymans vow to set the record straight against Argentina
06.11.08 - Top 14: Perpignan threaten Heineken Cup pull out; Roncero banned for 30 days
06.11.08 - Top 14: Mourad Boudjellal: ?Tana Umaga to be sacked if Toulon are relegated?
05.11.08 - Top 14:  Toulon players threaten strike action; Perpignan outraged by Tincu?s 18-week ban
05.11.08 - International: Médard wins first cap; Lièvremont praises rival Galthie
03.11.08 - Top 14: Turmoil in Toulon as John Connolly is called in by president Mourad Boudjellal
03.11.08 - International: France add Skrela and Traille; Carter aims for ?Slam?
03.11.08 - Pro D2, round 8: La Rochelle usurp Racing on a bad weekend For Paris
01.11.08 - Top 14: Toulouse take over the lead as Stade Francais are beaten again
01.11.08 - Top 14: Montauban batter hapless Toulon
31.10.08 - Top 14 - Round 9 Preview
30.10.08 - Top 14: ?Cockerel? Frederic Michalak admits Toulouse runs through his veins
30.10.08 - International: Toulouse youngster Maxime Medard in France squad
29.10.08 - Exclusive:  Interview with International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset, Part II
29.10.08 - Top 14: Castres set to unveil Masoe while double injury blow hits Toulon
28.10.08 - Pro D2 round seven: Top two lose as La Rochelle go level with Racing Metro
27.10.08 - Top 14: Jean-Jacques Crenca sacked by Toulon
27.10.08 - Top 14: Set-back for Milloud; joy for Michalak and praise for Toulouse
25.10.08 - Top 14: Toulouse stun leaders Stade Francais with bravura performance
24.10.08 - Top 14: Biarritz end travel woes to inflict Further pain on Mont-de-Marsan
24.10.08 - Top 14 - Round 8 Preview
23.10.08 - Top 14: Sebastien Chabal set to return
22.10.08 - News round-up: Perpignan pair cited for alleged ?eye-gouging? charges in Heineken Cup
21.10.08 - Exclusive:  Interview with International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset
20.10.08 - European Challenge Cup round-up: Brive and Bayonne battle for French pride
20.10.08 - Pro D2:  Round 6 - Racing Metro ?92 regain the lead
19.10.08 - Heineken Cup: Clermont break Montauban?s hearts but Stade and Toulouse both power on
18.10.08 - Stade Francais power on but Perpignan suffer narrow defeat
18.10.08 - Three-try Toulouse win again
17.10.08 - Heineken Cup ? Round 2 preview
17.10.08 - European Challenge Cup - Round 2 Preview
16.10.08 - Top 14: Montauban president Daniel Havis resigns
16.10.08 - ECC: Brive looking to clip Falcons? wings
16.10.08 - Argentina name 16 'French' players
15.10.08 - Justin Marshall and Byron Kelleher both cited
15.10.08 - Clermont sign Saracens full-back Brent Russell
14.10.08 - Top 14: Montauban face DNACG financial investigation
13.10.08 - Kelleher - Relieved Toulouse will learn from mistakes
12.10.08 - Heineken Cup review: Toulouse scramble last-ditch victory against Bath
12.10.08 - European Challenge Cup review: Bourgoin and Montpellier fly the flag on a wretched weekend for Top 14 clubs
10.10.08 - ECC: Joy for Montpellier but Dax and Bayonne both lose at home
10.10.08 - Nervy Munster edge past heroic Montauban
10.10.08 - European weekend: The stars come out to play
09.10.08 - ECC: Shambolic Toulon humiliated by Northampton
09.10.08 - European Challenge Cup - Round One Preview
08.10.08 - Sting in their own tale: Wasps' Cipriani and Lewsey in training ground skirmish
07.10.08 - Heineken Cup:  Lights, Camera, European Action
07.10.08 - Italy name ten French-based players in 30-man squad
07.10.08 - Top 14: The Season So Far
06.10.08 - Pro D2: Round 5 ? Albi rise to the challenge
04.10.08 - Top 14 - Round 7 Review ? Seven-up for magnificent Stade Francais
04.10.08 - Top 14: Toulouse too good for insipid Castres
02.10.08 - Top 14 - Round 7 Preview
02.10.08 - The strange story of Craig Gower, Wikipedia and a call-to-arms for the would-be Azzurri
30.09.08 - News: IRB pays tribute to former chairman Dr Roger Vanderfield OBE
29.09.08 - News: Dan Carter and Sergio Parisse up for IRB player of the year award
29.09.08 - Pro D2: Round 4 ? Grenoble go top after Aurillac suffer first defeat
28.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 6 Review:  Stade win again, Toulouse make their move
27.09.08 - Top 14:  Six appeal - Stade Francais win again thanks to Mark Gasnier's debut try
25.09.08 - Top 14:  Round 6 Preview
23.09.08 - Top 14:  Dan Carter overwhelmed by 'surreal' welcome in Perpignan
22.09.08 - Pro D2: Round 3 ? Aurillac win again to move three points clear
20.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 5 Review:  Mermoz try hands Perpignan victory in Montpellier
18.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 5 Preview
16.09.08 - Top 14: DNACG withhold Dan Carter?s playing licence
14.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 4 Review
13.09.08 - Stade Francais confirm championship credentials with victory in Toulon
12.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 4 Preview

10.09.08 - Top 14: ?Angry? Mourad Boudjellal demands Toulon success
06.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 3 Review: Buoyant Bayonne batter Clermont
04.09.08 - Top 14 - Round 3 Preview
30.08.08 - Top 14 - Round 2 Review
29.08.08 - Top 14 - Round 2 Preview
27.08.08 - Top 14 - Round 1 Review - Surprise defeats for Toulouse and Clermont

25.08.08 - Top 14 Week 1 Preview
25.08.08 - Friendly Round-Up 
19.08.08 - The Sonny 'Bill' Williams transfer saga
11.08.08 - Top 14 Transfer News
04.08.08 - Top 14 2008/9 Preview


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