France

Johnny Sexton

Top 14: French rugby reaches crescendo

What a day we have in store this Saturday in the Top 14. It’s the last day of the regular season yet after 25 rounds of competition only two clubs…

Scampering to a final: Knock-on aside, Kahn Fotuali'i punished Harlequins in the Amlin semi-final

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Stunning Sarries There were so many outstanding performers in the Saracens ranks on Saturday, when they shocked the rugby world with an extraordinary 46-6 win over Clermont Auvergne,…

Stalemate: Grenoble threw away a 13-point lead to draw 21-all with Bayonne

Four in danger of Top 14 relegation

By Gavin Mortimer  HERE’S A stat that will heap more misery on the heads of four clubs in the Top 14. In the nine years since the Top 16 shrank…

Winning away from the drama: Toulon won last year's Heineken Cup. Next year it will be the ERCC

Agreement reached over future of European rugby

After nigh on two-years of an increasingly rancorous power-struggle between the clubs, Unions and broadcasters, the new make-up of European rugby has been agreed. With the Heads of Agreement now…

Oyonnax

Top 14 relegation fight hots up

Four teams are all battling to avoid the drop from the French top flight as the season reaches its climax – here's the lowdown…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

Frederic Michalak

How will the French fare in the Heineken Cup?

No one club has dominated the Top 14 this season, with the three French teams in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals all showing themselves fallible. Then again, they’ve also played some…