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French Rugby Rocked By Fourth Death In Eight Months

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French rugby was left mourning the death of a 23-year-old student on Monday, the fourth young player to have died in eight months. Nathan Soyeux, who was not registered with the French rugby federation (FFR), passed away in Dijon on Sunday, having been admitted to hospital after an adverse reaction to a tackle in a match at a tournament for …

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France Name Squad Of 24 For Crucial Ireland Game

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: Guy Noves, the France head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 12, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Guy Noves has named his initial France squad of 24 players to play against Ireland in a week and a half. The French team left it late against Scotland to confirm their win, so it would be no surprise to anyone if the experienced coach decided to chop and change some of his starting line-up. Guy Noves has brought back …

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RFU To Push For Five-Year Residency Rule

England’s governing body, the RFU, are to push for the existing global residency rule to be extended from three years to five, meaning players not born in or with parentage from their adopted country must live in that nation for at least five years to qualify. According to The Telegraph, the RFU’s chief executive is keen to see a change …

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Partially Sighted Scrum Half Cazenave To Join Brive

Florian Cazenave, who lost sight in one of his eyes after a domestic accident back in 2013, is to set to join Brive after spending the last three years playing for Reggio in Italy. Planetrugby.com is reporting that French rugby laws previously prevented players from taking to the field whilst wearing specially made glasses. ? #top14 ? Florian Cazenave rejoint …

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Dan Carter Sees No Problem With His Use Of Corticosteroids

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Former New Zealand out-half Dan Carter has said that he can’t see a problem with his therapeutic use of corticosteroids after French newspaper L’Equipe reported that “traces of corticosteroids” — which are used to help reduce inflammation — had been found in the urine samples of Carter and Racing teammates Juan Imhoff and Joe Rokocoko prior to last season’s Top 14 final win over …

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French Rugby Issues Ruling On Doping Charges Against Racing 92’s Carter, Rokocoko And Imhoff

As the world of rugby union remains under a cloud of sorrow following the tragic and unexpected passing of Munster and Ireland great Anthony Foley, the judicial wheels have continued to turn in France. In recent weeks, a shocking report in L’Equipe was published, which revealed that All Black greats and current Racing 92 teammates, Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko, …

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FIR Withdraw Italian Bid For 2023 Rugby World Cup

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 20: The Webb Ellis Cup on HMS Iron Duke during the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in partnership with Land Rover and DHL ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 on August 20, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015)

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have officially withdrawn their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after news emanated from Italy last week that Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics was rapidly losing momentum. Roman Mayor Virginia Raggi publicly withdrew his support for Rome’s 2024 Olympic Games bid last week and with the city unlikely to be chosen as the next …

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Guy Noves Unveils 30-Man Elite France Squad Ahead Of New Season

Wales v France - RBS Six Nations

In the aftermath of their embarrassing World Cup exit at the hands of New Zealand, the French Rugby Federation demanded that a 30 man elite squad be nominated at the beginning of each season, so as to protect those players from injury and exhaustion. Those included in the elite squad become available to Guy Noves 15 days before the beginning …

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Inexperienced France Won’t Be Unduly Worried By Argentina Defeat

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26: Guy Noves the head coach of France looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eyebrows raised around the rugby world last Sunday as Argentina claimed the scalp of France in Tucumán by a score of 30-19. The game was the first of a two-match tour for Les Bleus; however, there was much more to this defeat than the final tally suggests. Whether France misplanned their tour slightly or timed it perfectly is debatable. With Racing and Toulon still to …

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Opinion: Vakatawa’s New France Contract Could Be A Game-Changer For Sevens Rugby

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Virimi Vakatawa of France ttys to evade Ross Ford of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Currently centrally contracted to the FFR, it appears Virimi Vakatawa is likely to shun numerous offers from Top 14 clubs to re-sign with France’s national governing body, despite the chance to earn more money elsewhere. Vakatawa, a surprise inclusion in Guy Noves’s first squad for the Six Nations, established himself as a regular with the country’s sevens side before making the …

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Teams for Scotland Vs France Announced

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST, 29: Vern Cotter Head Coach for Scotlandduring the Scotland v Italy International Rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter has announced his Scotland line up for the match against France on Sunday. The return of Josh Strauss in the back row and Alex Dunbar’s reinstatement in the midfield are the only changes from the line up against Italy. It also looks likely the man from the birthplace of sevens rugby, Edinburgh loose head Rory Sutherland will earn his first cap …

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Clermont Backs Recalled To France Training Squad

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Both Wesley Fofana and Scott Spedding were recalled into the French 31-man squad a few days ago. Fofana dropped out before the first match of the Six Nations with an injury to the ribs. Spedding picked up a knee injury in the match against Italy and has not featured since. The bulky South African full-back returning to the team will be …

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Ex-All Black Hits Out At Big Spending French Clubs

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 05: Corey Flynn of the Crusaders looks on prior to the start of the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium on July 5, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

The argument about the big spending by French and English clubs has been raging for a while now. It mainly centres around the might of the clubs and how their financial clout is damaging the sport, the development of youth and, ultimately, the destruction of their national teams. With the national side still viewed as the highest honour an individual rugby …

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Ex-All Black To Play French Amateur Rugby For The Rest Of The Season

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Piri Weepu of Wasps warms up before the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Gloucester at The Ricoh Arena on March 1, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Piri Weepu is playing with French amateur club RC Saint Sulpice for the remainder of the season, the club’s official website confirmed.  Weepu’s contract with Oyonnax was ended last month, with no reason for this having been made public. This left Weepu with no job and no place to play rugby. Following that, fellow All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu, currently playing with Castres, …

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Ex-New Zealand Sevens Winger Not Eligible For France

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 06: Guy Noves, Head Coach of France looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

It seems David Smith, the former New Zealand sevens player who had been called up by Guy Noves to join France’s squad ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff this Friday, cannot now play, reports the Guardian.  Smith, a Samoan-born New Zealander, had previously played sevens for New Zealand, after being called up as an injury replacement for …

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