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Two Debutants Named In France Side To Play England

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New French boss Fabien Galthié has named two debutants in his side to face England on Sunday in their opening Six Nations clash in Paris [KO 3pm]. Montpellier duo Mohamed Haouas and Anthony Bouthier are named at tighthead prop and full-back respectively for the Stade de France clash. Elsewhere, Charles Ollivon leads the side for the first time at openside …

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Mathieu Bastareaud Set To Start In The Pack For Lyon


French rugby star, Mathieu Bastareaud, is set to start Lyon’s pre-season game with Grenoble at number eight following discussions with the coaching staff. The ex-France captain joined the Top 14 side on a short-term deal before he joins Rugby United New York ahead of the 2020 campaign. According to Rugby Pass, it is believed that his power in close quarters …

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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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South African Paul Willemse Included In France Six Nations Squad

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South Africa-born Paul Willemse was one of five uncapped players named by Jacques Brunel Wednesday in the France squad for the two opening matches of the Six Nations. Ex-Bulls lock Willemse, 26, qualifies for his adoptive country on residency grounds having spent more than three years with Top 14 clubs Montpellier and Grenoble. The Pretoria native received his citizenship in …

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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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Watch: The Heartbreaking Moment Thierry Dusautoir Left The Pitch For The Last Time

‘Bravo pour votre carrière’… ‘Congratulations on an extraordinary career’… These were the words uttered to French rugby legend Titi Dusautoir as he finally left the field of play for the very last time over the weekend. Dusautoir had announced in mid-April that he would retire at the end of the season with the former France international having captained his country on …

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Watch: Stade Francais-Racing 92 Clash Descends Into Almighty Brawl

There was plenty of drama in the Top 14 on Sunday as Racing’s Wenceslas Lauret and Stade Français’ Pascal Papé were both shown red cards in a mid-match brawl. With Stade Français leading 13-6, on the stroke of half-time both sides were reduced to 14 men, when both Lauret and Papé were sent off. The fight started with a bit of pushing and shoving, before …

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The International Rugby ‘Away Form’ XV

Winning away from home is always a significant challenge for any international rugby team, and this year’s Six Nations is the latest piece of evidence of this. Out of the 15 games played, Italy – who were mostly dreadful the entire tournament – lost three at home and England defeated Wales in Cardiff. Every other game was a victory for …

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EPCR Unveil Full List Of Nominees For ‘Player Of The Year’

With the finale weekend of the Six Nations behind us, attention now moves sharply back to the club game. Close on the horizon is Rugby Champions Cup action. Furthermore, the quarter-finals this year have thrown up some mammoth ties involving Europe’s rugby elite. To whet our appetite for the knockout stages, the EPCR have been drip feeding the public their nominees …

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Scotland Move Up To Highest Ever World Ranking

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25:Tim Visser (l) celebrates his try with Finn Russell (c) of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Scotland have been enjoying a remarkable Six Nations Championship. A nation which has traditionally prided itself on surefire physicality up front, saw such power desert them in recent years. Indeed, having won the final Five Nations Championship they can forever dine out on being the last champions. They have had little else to celebrate in recent years, however. Picking up …

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