Top 14

Magic man: Rene Ranger making things happen for Montpellier against Castres in the Top 14

Rene Ranger on life in France

On first introduction, Rene Ranger seems so laid-back you would be forgiven for checking his pulse. However, when the versatile, attacking back is asked about his cult hero status back…

The best form of defence: Joe Worsley celebrates scoring a try against Italy

Joe Worsley on Bordeaux’s flying start

The Top 14 is having a breather until the end of October as European competition holds sway, allowing clubs a chance to assess their performances a third of the way…

Another talent has landed: Rémi Lamerat of Castres was awarded the Top 14 ‘Revelation of the Season’

Top 14’s latest ‘Revelation’, Rémi Lamerat

It was a night of triumph for Toulon on Monday at the 11th edition of the ‘Nuit du Rugby’, the annual awards ceremony honouring French rugby’s standout performers. Matt Giteau…

BYNST Sheridan

Bet you never saw this: Andrew Sheridan’s career

He’s played for Richmond, Bristol, Sale and Toulon, so you could argue that loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan is a man who continually sought a tougher test; a bigger scrap. Now…

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,…

The man to catch: Jonathan Wisniewski has been the stand-out stand-off in Top 14

Top 14: Jonathan Wisniewski in the mix

Jonathan Wisniewski is the form fly-half in the Top 14, scoring 55 points in his four appearances after moving to Grenoble from Racing Metro in the summer. Rested for last weekend’s…

Foreign legion: Aussie James O'Connor and Chris Masoe run at Ireland's Johnny Sexton

Top 14: Is there a blueprint for success?

Last season’s Top 14 was fiercely contested with just a 16-point gap separating top side Toulon and Brive in ninth place. As a comparison, the difference between first and ninth place was 43…