France

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

Top 14: Is there a blueprint for success?

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

Top 14: Five French kids to watch

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

Top 14 preview: Runners and riders

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

Top 14: Tim Lane on his hopes for 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…

Braced for impact: Tomasso Allan will see a lot of action for Perpignan next season in ProD2

Tommaso Allan to fight through ProD2

Hands up those who this time last year had heard of ‘Tommy’ Tommaso Allan? The odd aficionado of age-group rugby, perhaps, who had seen the young fly-half play for Western…