France

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…

Chabal fan

Rise and fall of Sebastien ‘Caveman’ Chabal

By Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writer FOR A man who two years ago was reputedly the highest paid rugby player in the world, Sebastien Chabal embarked upon the latest stage…

Luke Charteris

French test for Wales lock Luke Charteris

DOWN IN Perpignan Luke Charteris isn’t hard to miss. At 6ft 9in and 20st, and with that fair Celtic skin of his, he stands out a mile in the Catalan…

Gethin Jenkins

Jonny Wilkinson on the new Top 14 season

By Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writer THE OLYMPICS are over and the football season is about to get underway. But don’t worry, it’s not all depressing news on the sports…