France

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…

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Balshaw hoping to extend his French stay

FOR ALL the talk in recent weeks about Jonny Wilkinson, and will-he-or-won’t-he sign on for another stint at Toulon, there’s another Englishman in the south of France in a similar…

New generation: Maxime Machenaud

New Year predictions: 2013

GET THE chopping block ready. Remove the ceremonial stretching-rings. It's time to put my neck on the line. The season has, so far, provided very few genuine shocks. However, as…

Fine form: Sheridan is having a cracking season in France

Top 14: Expat half-term report

JONNY WILKINSON brought down the curtain on 2012 in fine style, signing off with a 26-point haul as Toulon crushed Perpignan 46-13 and consolidated their position as the Top 14’s…

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Moneyball: The Best backrowers in Europe

RUGBY IS a subjective old sport. When it comes to talk of who is top of the pile, it's hard to come to a definitive answer, with pub-know-it-alls basing opinions…

Sebastien Tillous-Borde making a run for it

The French are flying in the Heineken Cup

IT'S THE half-way stage of the Heineken Cup and for the French clubs things are looking good. With three of the six pool matches gone, only Biarritz of the seven…

Retired: O'Driscoll is unlikely to face France

World Cup draw holds no fear for France

DID YOU hear it then? That sound, shortly after the groans had ceased from the England and Wales camps. It was the sound of Gallic guffawing as they digested the…