Toulouse play at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. They are the most successful team in the history of European competition, having lifted the Heineken Cup on four occasions. They have also won the Top 14 title three times, including their most recent success in 2012.

Confusion all round: Castres have struggled and may lose scrum-half Rory Kockott to France duty

Top 14: What’s going on at Castres?

The talk of late has been about Toulouse but what of another French club slipping towards the cliff edge? Castres’ fall has been even more precipitous than that of Toulouse,…

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…

Florian Fritz

Florian Fritz: Concussion a cause for concern

FRIDAY NIGHT was a disaster for Guy Noves. The quarter-final home defeat to Racing Métro was bad enough for the reputation of the Toulouse coach, it but it was the…

French focus: Top 14 Semi-final play-offs

French focus: Top 14 Semi-final play-offs

AS THE Home Nations gear up for Down Under, across the Channel in France the Top 14 is coming to the boil, writes Gavin Mortimer. The French domestic season is…

Game over:

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…

Tolofua has no problem with bulldozing the opposition

French focus: Top 14

Toulouse backs coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde couldn’t help crowing after his side’s impressive defeat of Stade Francais last Saturday, writes Gavin Mortimer. In front of 80,000 fans at the Stade de…