France

The FFR are tired of playing second fiddle

French Focus: New home planned for France

FIRST THE good news. Five years from now rugby fans will no longer be required to trudge out to the Stade de France every time France play a home international.…

Rival: Wilkinson has company at Toulon

Magic Michalak back with a bang

FREDDIE'S BACK! Just a week after we were pondering the future of French flair, Frederic Michalak orchestrated a thumping 49-10 win for France in Tucuman of all places. Not many…

Jonny Wilkinson

Amlin Challenge Cup Final: Biarritz 21-18 Toulon

A RATHER drab and uninspiring final with Biarritz able to ensure their Heineken Cup qualification thanks to the boot of Dimitri Yachvili in wet conditions at the Stoop. They were…

Mike Phillips Bayonne

Top 14 Focus: Relegation scrap heats up

By Gavin Mortimer TWO ROUNDS of the Top 14 to go and down at the foot of the table it’s looking tight. Lyon are doomed, that much is sure, even…

Nathan Hines

Clermont Auvergne v Leinster: The Preview

Bordeaux is famed for its wine but this weekend it’ll be the smell of rugby players’ sweat filling the air rather than the fruity aroma of a good red. Clermont…

Shane Geraghty

French focus: Top 14

NO DOUBT about it, Shane Geraghty’s stint in Brive has been eventful, writes Gavin Mortimer. The 25-year-old was to the fore again on Sunday, steering the unfashionable French club into…

Alex Cuthbert

Wales 16-9 France: The Grand Slam Verdict

Wales won a third Grand Slam in eight seasons at the Millennium Stadium to equal the achievement of the Seventies greats. Alex Cuthbert, fast becoming a key member of this…

The backrow battle will be led by Toby Falatau in action against France during the World Cup

Wales v France: The Preview

If ‘revenge’ for the semi-final loss to France in October wasn’t enough motivation for the Wales squad, Mervyn Davies’ sad passing will ensure the atmosphere in the Millennium Stadium is…