France

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…

Is this finally his time to shine?

High-flying France still a threat to their own success

“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED," declared Philippe Saint Andre in the wake of France’s dogged 22-14 defeat of Samoa on Saturday evening. "Today is the victory of courage, restraint, solidarity. We did not…

Heat is on: Robbie Deans is still under pressure

Michalak returns at No 10 to ignite Les Bleus

SO FREDDY'S back. For the first time since 2007, Michalak will start a home Test match for France and Les Bleus will be all the better for it. The 30-year-old…

Injury time: Racing are suffering a bout of bad karma - fullback Benjamin Dambielle one of many on the injury list

Can dreams become reality for Racing Metro?

THE TOP 14 is soon to close down for three weeks allowing clubs to take stock of their early season form. For Racing Metro it’s been nothing short of disastrous.…

Too much too soon: Over-exposure may lead to another young star burining out

Why the hype over France’s Gael Fickou

LET'S NOT get carried away. Gael Fickou had a good game for Toulouse in their win over Leicester on Sunday, but was the 18-year-old’s try-scoring performance really that special? Sure,…

Shark cage: Michalak in control against the Bulls

Magic Michalak on fire in France

“MICHALAK IS back” screams the headline in this week’s Midi Olympique, alongside a photograph of Toulon’s Freddie, a player for whom the word ‘mercurial’ could have been invented. Michalak played…

Bakkies Botha

Sheridan’s fighting fit in Toulon

THEY SAY Lourdes is where you go in search of a miracle cure, but if you’re a thirty-something Englishman Toulon seems to be the place in France that has healing…