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Moneyball: The Best backrowers in Europe

RUGBY IS a subjective old sport. When it comes to talk of who is top of the pile, it's hard to come to a definitive answer, with pub-know-it-alls basing opinions…

Sebastien Tillous-Borde making a run for it

The French are flying in the Heineken Cup

IT'S THE half-way stage of the Heineken Cup and for the French clubs things are looking good. With three of the six pool matches gone, only Biarritz of the seven…

Injury time: Racing are suffering a bout of bad karma - fullback Benjamin Dambielle one of many on the injury list

Can dreams become reality for Racing Metro?

THE TOP 14 is soon to close down for three weeks allowing clubs to take stock of their early season form. For Racing Metro it’s been nothing short of disastrous.…

On the run: Hayman in action for Toulon

Hit and miss for French in Heineken Cup

TWO ROUNDS gone and four to go in the group stage of the Heineken Cup, and while some clubs are looking good others (no names, Edinburgh) are still looking for…

Too much too soon: Over-exposure may lead to another young star burining out

Why the hype over France’s Gael Fickou

LET'S NOT get carried away. Gael Fickou had a good game for Toulouse in their win over Leicester on Sunday, but was the 18-year-old’s try-scoring performance really that special? Sure,…

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…

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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…