France

Mathieu Bastareaud

Will Carling on England v France

ENGLAND are 1-5 on to win the Six Nations and evens to claim a first Grand Slam for a decade – but such odds cut no ice with Will Carling.…

Louis Picamoles and Mike Phillips

RBS 6 Nations match review: France 6-16 Wales

This was a drab game, full of errors and lacking inspiration, with little to entertain as players trudged from scrum to scrum. In fact, it look like the pitch was…

Showdown: Louis Picamoles clashes with Parisse

RBS 6 Nations match review: Italy 23-18 France

IT WAS heavily assumed that France, with all their resources and illustrious red-carpet players, would enter Rome and destroy the Azzzurri. However, before the anthems had even finished there was…

Beastly: Bakkies Botha

Wilkinson odds on for Top14 award

RESTAURANTS IN France have Michelin Stars, rugby players have Midi Olympique stars. They are awarded in each Monday’s edition of the newspaper to the players who have caught the eye…

Immense: Nyanga expects a battle

Erratic Toulouse have it tough taming the Tigers

NO DOUBT about the tie of this weekend – Toulouse’s visit to Leicester for a winner takes all confrontation. Between them they’ve won the Heineken Cup six times with the…

Braced: Francois Van der Merwe

Heineken Cup Round 5: Five must-watch clashes

SPORTING CLICHES are often abused. Every tournament has a Group of Death and every player is weighed and measured to see if they will be found inferior or capable of…