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.

The best form of defence: Joe Worsley celebrates scoring a try against Italy

Joe Worsley on Bordeaux’s flying start

The Top 14 is having a breather until the end of October as European competition holds sway, allowing clubs a chance to assess their performances a third of the way…

Another talent has landed: Rémi Lamerat of Castres was awarded the Top 14 ‘Revelation of the Season’

Top 14’s latest ‘Revelation’, Rémi Lamerat

It was a night of triumph for Toulon on Monday at the 11th edition of the ‘Nuit du Rugby’, the annual awards ceremony honouring French rugby’s standout performers. Matt Giteau…

Confusion all round: Castres have struggled and may lose scrum-half Rory Kockott to France duty

Top 14: What’s going on at Castres?

The talk of late has been about Toulouse but what of another French club slipping towards the cliff edge? Castres’ fall has been even more precipitous than that of Toulouse,…

The man to catch: Jonathan Wisniewski has been the stand-out stand-off in Top 14

Top 14: Jonathan Wisniewski in the mix

Jonathan Wisniewski is the form fly-half in the Top 14, scoring 55 points in his four appearances after moving to Grenoble from Racing Metro in the summer. Rested for last weekend’s…

One-million Euro man: Matt Giteau is reportedly being lined up by

Top 14 superstars: Money well-spent or wasted

One meelllion dollars! Okay, it’s Euros but that’s the eye-watering price Racing Metro are rumoured to be willing to pay to prise Matt Giteau from Toulon next summer. The Aussie…

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…