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World Rugby Announce Nominees For Breakthrough Player Of The Year

World Rugby

The nominees for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year have been announced with England, South Africa and France all represented. Joe Cokanasiga (England), Herschel Jantjies (South Africa) and Romain Ntamack (France) are all nominated following their eye-catching performances throughout the year. To be eligible for this award, players must have played less than one year of senior international …

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Vahaamahina Announces Retirement Following World Cup Dismissal


France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina has announced his retirement from international rugby duty one day after his side were knocked out of the World Cup by Wales in the quarter-final.  The 28-year-old was sent off during the dramatic 20-19 loss following an elbow on Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright.  Vahaamahina maintains that he always intended on retiring following the conclusion of France’s …

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Williams To Partner Anscombe As Wales Name Team For French Test


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


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


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

Johnny Sexton

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

France Six Nations

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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PSG’s Alleged Racial Profiling ‘Unacceptable’ – Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps has attacked Paris Saint-Germain’s alleged racial profiling of players as “unacceptable and intolerable”. Last week French investigative website Mediapart claimed that the Ligue 1 club’s talent scouts operated a system of racial profiling for years. The revelations prompted the French champions to launch an immediate investigation. PSG’s general manager Jean-Claude Blanc acknowledged that the practice which …

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Erasmus: “The Team Was Gutsy And It Feels Much Better”

Rassie Erasmus

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said that he was impressed by side’s attitude to claim an overtime victory against France one week on from an agonising one-point defeat to England. The Springboks beat the French on Saturday 29-26 thanks to an 85th minute try from hooker Bongi Mbonambi despite trailing by four points going into the final 30 seconds of …

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Brunel: “I Am Very Annoyed Because We Should Never Have Lost”

France coach Jacques Brunel admitted that he was “very annoyed” by the way his team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against South Africa in Paris. The French were leading Saturday’s one-off Test 23-9 just after half-time, following tries by captain Guilhem Guirado and Mathieu Bastareaud, and then 26-22 with a scrum in the Springbok 22 as the game …

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Griezmann Double Plunges Germany’s Loew Into Deeper Trouble

Antoine Griezmann hit a pair of second-half goals as France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday. Toni Kroos struck a 14th-minute penalty for Germany, but Griezmann engineered a rousing fightback in the first game between the nations at the Stade de France since the November 2015 friendly that was overshadowed by a …

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