Fire starter: Will James Hook be able to kickstart a Gloucester resurgence?

Gloucester to pack a punch Gloucester simply weren’t at the races last season, with a porous defence leaking 60 tries and finishing a lowly ninth. It served to be the…

Foreign legion: Aussie James O'Connor and Chris Masoe run at Ireland's Johnny Sexton

Last season’s Top 14 was fiercely contested with just a 16-point gap separating top side Toulon and Brive in ninth place. As a comparison, the difference between first and ninth place was 43…

Mystery man: Bordeaux's French prop Jefferson Poirot on the gallop against Racing

With two rounds gone of the Top 14, Toulon and Toulouse are setting the pace at the top of the table with teams containing a lot of familiar faces. But…

Come and get it: Toulon are the reigning Top 14 champs and are favourites again

It’s mid-August which means only one thing – the Top 14 is back. Bayonne host champions Toulon in the opening match om Friday evening and then it’s ten months of…

Lyon

TIM LANE is one of the world’s most experienced and respected coaches – and one of its most travelled. After winning three caps in the centre for Australia in the…