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Williams To Partner Anscombe As Wales Name Team For French Test

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Tomos Williams will make his Six Nations debut in the 2019 tournament opener against France in Paris on Friday after the scrum-half was named in coach Warren Gatland’s starting XV. He was selected ahead of Gareth Davies and will form a half-back pairing with Cardiff team-mate Gareth Anscombe. It will be 24-year-old’s seventh appearance for Wales, after he made his …

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Willemse To Make French Debut Against Wales In Six Nations Opener

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South African-born Paul Willemse will make his debut for France in Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Paris. Willemse, a 2012 junior world champion with the Baby Boks, arrived on French soil in 2014 as a 21-year-old, so fulfilling the three years of residency required by World Rugby regulations. He received his French passport in November and will become …

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Fofana To Retire From International Rugby Following World Cup

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France centre Wesley Fofana announced on Thursday that he will retire from international rugby after the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The 31-year-old has made 45 France appearances, scoring 15 tries, but played only once for Les Bleus in 2017 and 2018 after a succession of injury problems. “I’ll try whole-heartedly to make the World Cup, try my luck with …

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“Rugby Is Growing Safer”, Says Laporte Urging Further Reforms

Although French rugby has recently mourned the death of four young players, the sport “is half as dangerous as 10 years ago,” Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby federation (FFR), said on Tuesday.  The former France coach was speaking at a lunch for the ‘Bien Joue’ (‘Well Played’) programme, launched in French schools after Louis Fajfrowski, 21, died following …

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Sexton’s Drop Goal Voted Irish Sporting Moment Of 2018

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Johnny Sexton’s drop goal to secure victory against France in Ireland’s opening Six Nations encounter has been voted as the most memorable sporting moment of 2018, according to the Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index (TSSI).  In a game that will live long in the memory, France missed a penalty in the 77th minute to keep Ireland’s faint hopes of a …

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French Internationals Slimani & Raka Doubtful For Six Nations

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France internationals Rabah Slimani and Alivereti Raka risk missing the Six Nations campaign after suffering injuries with Clermont that will sideline them for “several months”. Next year’s Six Nations campaign will prove an important stepping stone towards the World Cup, being held in Japan between September 20 and November 2. But prop Slimani and winger Raka, who both play for …

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Robert Pires: “Even Now For Thierry Henry, People Still Call Him A Cheat”

Former Arsenal and France winger Robert Pires retired from international football in 2004 following a dispute with then manager Raymond Domenech. During his eleven-year stint with the French side, Pires had a number of tussles with Ireland in both friendlies and qualifiers but the ex-Arsenal man was perhaps lucky enough not to be involved in the most infamous clash between the two …

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South African-Born Willemse Available For France In Six Nations

Montpellier lock forward Paul Willemse will be available to play for France in the Six Nations after announcing on Friday that his French citizenship had been confirmed this week. Pretoria-born Willemse, who won the Under-20 World Cup with the Springboks in 2012, qualifies for French citizenship through residency having left his native South Africa to play for Top 14 side …

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