Rising star: Anthony Belleau on the ball for France at the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship.

Where did rugby begin for you? I am from a village close to Agen in south-west France, so I played for my village from the age of six to 15,…

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…

Maxime Machenaud

One British newspaper offered a sympathetic assessment of France’s 19-10 defeat to Wales, describing Les Bleus as “transitional”. If only it was that simple. The fact is, however, that between…