Top 14

Top trumps: Castres' Rory Kockott is the top

Can the French clubs rule in Europe?

WITH THE 2012-13 Heineken Cup starting on Friday how healthy are the French clubs ahead of the opening round? Runaway Top 14 leaders Toulon play Montpellier on Sunday evening but…

Byrne against Namibia at the 2011 RWC

Byrne’s gunning for Heineken glory

IT IS a year since Lee Byrne won the last of his 46 caps for Wales, but the 32-year-old full-back hasn’t given up hope of hitting his half century this…

Shark cage: Michalak in control against the Bulls

Magic Michalak on fire in France

“MICHALAK IS back” screams the headline in this week’s Midi Olympique, alongside a photograph of Toulon’s Freddie, a player for whom the word ‘mercurial’ could have been invented. Michalak played…

Bakkies Botha

Sheridan’s fighting fit in Toulon

THEY SAY Lourdes is where you go in search of a miracle cure, but if you’re a thirty-something Englishman Toulon seems to be the place in France that has healing…

Despite plying his trade in France, Brew (left) still hopes to represent his country

Aled Brew enjoying French leave with Biarritz

HE'S GOT the Vespa, he’s learning French and Aled Brew has even been bodyboarding in the famous Biarritz surf. Yes, the former Dragons’ wing is enjoying his new life in…

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…

Luke Charteris

French test for Wales lock Luke Charteris

DOWN IN Perpignan Luke Charteris isn’t hard to miss. At 6ft 9in and 20st, and with that fair Celtic skin of his, he stands out a mile in the Catalan…

Gethin Jenkins

Jonny Wilkinson on the new Top 14 season

By Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writer THE OLYMPICS are over and the football season is about to get underway. But don’t worry, it’s not all depressing news on the sports…

French Focus: Top 14 Final

French Focus: Top 14 Final

THE FRENCH domestic season reaches its climax on Saturday evening as Toulon take on Toulouse in front of a full house at the Stade de France. Reigning champions Toulouse are…