Gavin Mortimer

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Gavin is Rugby World's man in France, keeping his ear to the ground on all the moving and shaking on the continent.

Mystery man: Bordeaux's French prop Jefferson Poirot on the gallop against Racing

Top 14: Five French kids to watch

With two rounds gone of the Top 14, Toulon and Toulouse are setting the pace at the top of the table with teams containing a lot of familiar faces. But…

Come and get it: Toulon are the reigning Top 14 champs and are favourites again

Top 14 preview: Runners and riders

It’s mid-August which means only one thing – the Top 14 is back. Bayonne host champions Toulon in the opening match om Friday evening and then it’s ten months of…

Lyon

Top 14: Tim Lane on his hopes for Lyon

TIM LANE is one of the world’s most experienced and respected coaches – and one of its most travelled. After winning three caps in the centre for Australia in the…

Braced for impact: Tomasso Allan will see a lot of action for Perpignan next season in ProD2

Tommaso Allan to fight through ProD2

Hands up those who this time last year had heard of ‘Tommy’ Tommaso Allan? The odd aficionado of age-group rugby, perhaps, who had seen the young fly-half play for Western…

Grenoble

Bernard Jackman revives Grenoble

The former Ireland hooker is hoping to propel Grenoble up the Top 14 table with a fresh approach and a few new signings

Leigh Halfpenny

Top 14 clubs cut down on foreign imports

Fewer foreign recruits are making their way to French clubs for the coming season – but is this a temporary trend or a long-term change in policy?

Australia

Five of rugby’s biggest borefests

So much for Aussie innovation and French flair. Last weekend’s second Test in Melbourne was one of the biggest borefests in modern memory. A scoreless first half followed by a…