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Opinion: A Tale Of Two Quade Coopers

Australia’s Quade Cooper polarises opinions in the world of rugby arguably more than any other player, but can the Wallabies’ mercurial fly-half finally prove his worth for his country and cement his place in the starting XV under Michael Cheika? Do a quick search for Quade Cooper highlights and you’ll find very contrasting video showcases: from moments of genius to …

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International Rugby: France’s Greatest XV

In our series of statistical analyses of the best players for each major rugby nation, we now move on to France. We’ve already looked at England, New Zealand, Ireland, Wales and South Africa, but now we turn to the stereotypically mercurial talents of Les Bleus. First we begin with the ‘Winners XV’, a team made up of the French players …

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Quade Cooper Set To Be Released By Toulon

Quade Cooper’s short stay at Toulon maybe coming to an end. When Toulon announced the signing of François Trinh-Duc late last year, we reported on the the initial rumours suggesting Quade Cooper was set to be released by the French giants after only one season. The playmaker’s inconsistent form, allied to the uncertainty surrounding Toulon’s adherence to the Top 14’s new salary …

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Queensland Reds Linked With Move For French Flyhalf

Super Rugby could see some French flair next season. Having previously played for the Natal Sharks on two occasions, Frederic Michalak could be on the verge of returning to Super Rugby. Although his stints in South Africa during 2008 and 2011 were brief, Michalak remains one of the few European players to have been involved in the southern hemisphere’s elite club competition. Nevertheless Michalak’s …

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Write Off France in the Rugby World Cup At Your Peril

Of the seven Rugby World Cups to date, France have reached the semi-final on six occasions, losing out to England in the 1991 quarter-final. Only New Zealand have the same record for reaching the last four. Les Bleus face into this tournament somewhat under the radar, with many tipping Ireland to go a long way, using Pool D as a …

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Watch Yoann Huget’s Gorgeous Step To Beat Mike Brown Before Scoring

Yoann Huget scored a brilliant try as France Beat England 25-20 in Paris Last night Despite hanging on as the game entered its closing stages, France were impressive for the opening 70 minutes last night. Les Bleus dominated England upfront, taking advantage of England’s indiscipline. With England coughing up numerous kicking opportunities, Frédéric Michalak kicked the French into an early …

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France Make Twelve Changes For This Weekend’s Clash With England

Philippe Saint-André has made twelve changes from the team that lost in Twickenham French boss Philippe Saint-André, has rung the changes for his sides meeting with England on Saturday. Saint-André has decided to only keep Yoann Maestri, Louis Picamoles and Scott Spedding from the starting XV that lost in Twickenham last weekend. The mercurial Frédéric Michalak is back at ten, to be partnered …

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A Fool’s Hope: 5 Reasons Leinster Can Win

Leinster go into today’s semi-final against Toulon with very little expected of them. But this is when they are most dangerous, writes Brian Barry, who offers five reasons why he believes Leinster can deliver one of the great European upsets.   Jimmy Gopperth To Hold His Own Perhaps it is an area of weakness in Matt O’Connor’s side, as the …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010)

Coming in at number three on our list of Heineken Cup heavyweights is the Stade Toulousain side of 2010. A team packed with talent, this Toulouse side dominated Europe’s premier tournament. No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010) When the short history of the Heineken Cup is told in future generations it will be remembered that Munster brought the romance, Leicester the professionalism and the dominant …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Teams: No.6 Stade Toulousain (2005)

2005 and 6th  position sees French aristocrats Toulouse make their first appearance on our list. Toulouse’s third Heineken Cup victory was achieved, like all the others, under the astute leadership of Guy Noves with his star studded team. Before the days of Toulon, Clermont and Racing Metro splashing huge amounts of cash, it was Toulouse who had an operating budget …

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