France

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…

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…