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Wayne Barnes

Smash! Wayne Barnes gets hit in the face

IT’S A tough life being a referee – hundreds of decisions to make, crowds jeering you, coaches blaming you. There was an even more painful moment for Wayne Barnes recently.…

Chabal fan

Rise and fall of Sebastien ‘Caveman’ Chabal

By Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writer FOR A man who two years ago was reputedly the highest paid rugby player in the world, Sebastien Chabal embarked upon the latest stage…

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French focus: Top 14 Quarter-final play-offs

IN FRANCE they call them ‘les barrages’, in English we’d call them ‘play-offs’; perhaps the best description is the Top 14 quarter-finals, which is in effect what unfolds on Saturday…

Race to the Heineken Cup Quarter Final

Race to the Heineken Cup Quarter Final

The race for the prestigious eight Heineken Cup quarter-final places is entering the final straight – but 11 of the 24 teams in the 2010 / 2011 tournament will still…