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Obstinate. It’s the only way to describe tighthead Jean-Pierre Garuet’s approach to the scrummage. France is a nation that adores the flat-backed, hairy brutes who relish tight exchanges and in…

France's Jean Prat

Major teams: Lourdes Country: France Test span: 1945-55 Test caps: 51 (51 starts) Test points: 144 (9T, 27C, 15P, 6DG) French rugby suffered an inferiority complex as international rugby’s ‘also-rans’…

Thierry Dusautoir of France

Major teams: Bordeaux-Begles, Colomiers, Biarritz, Toulouse Country: France
Test span: 2006-2015 France caps: 80 (79 starts) Test points: 30 (6T) Two World Cup ties against New Zealand with a combined total…

Morgan Parra

Hosting the world’s biggest stars like Dan Carter, Bryan Habana and Quade Cooper, the Top 14 is, arguably, Europe’s Premier rugby competition and with weeks to go, it’s edging towards…

Toby Flood

Each Monday Midi Olympique prints its standout XV selected from the weekend’s Top 14 matches. It’s a bit of fun but also an indication – albeit subjective – of who’s…