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Toulon Owner’s Outburst May Dissuade High Profile Players From Signing

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: Mourad Boudjellal, Owner of RC Toulon looks on prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final between Racing 92 and RC Toulon at Stade Yves Du Manoir on April 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has slashed his players’ holidays in the wake of their disappointing loss against La Rochelle on Saturday. The three-time European champions were felled 23-20 by league leaders La Rochelle, but the fact the defeat came at Toulon’s home stadium, Stade Mayol, is a sleight too far for Boudjellal. As reported by Sport24, the comic book mogul initially banned his …

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Watch: Ma’a Nonu Sat Down By Thunderous Fend From La Rochelle’s Levani Botia

It’s fair to say Toulon are not enjoying their most prosperous season. Although the three-time European Champions managed to squeeze into the knock-out phase of the Champions Cup, they only did so by the skin of their teeth following a less than inspiring pool campaign. Likewise, with the club lying in fifth place on the Top 14 table, Toulon’s domestic campaign hasn’t …

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Gloucester Coach Denies Saint-Andre Rumours

Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys has vehemently denied that the club may bring in former coach Philippe Saint-Andre as his replacement. Billionaire Mohed Altrad – current owner of Top 14 side Montpellier – is looking to buy the club and take over from majority shareholder Martin St Quinton. Recent media reports have suggested Altrad wants to bring in his …

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The European Rugby Challenge Cup: As It Stands After Round Two

20 European clubs have completed two rounds of the pool stages of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. After round two, does anyone stand out? With a third of the pool games completed and the knockout stages being determined via a table, the 20-team table has been produced as a result of the first two fixtures. Continue reading below _____ Make sure …

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Harlequins Announce Signing Of Samoan International

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: A general view of the ground ahead of the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Wasps at Twickenham Stoop on October 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Harlequins have today confirmed the signing of Samoan international back Alofa Alofa.  The New Zealand born player originally began his career in league where he played for NRL side Sydney Roosters before making the jump between codes in 2013. Scoring thirteen tries in his inaugural season for West Harbour, Alofa came under the radar of Super Rugby franchise Waratahs whom …

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Revealed: The Outlandish Budget Of Each Top 14 Club

Racing 92 v Northampton Saints - European Rugby Champions Cup

The Top 14 season began last weekend. The French Top 14 is by some way rugby’s wealthiest club competition. Fuelled by multi millionaire owners and massive TV deals, very few of rugby’s biggest names are outside of the reach of France’s elite clubs. Although the Ligue Nationale de Rugby and it’s financial watchdog the Direction nationale d’aide et de contrôle de gestion are …

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List Of Completed Top 14 Transfers On The Eve Of The New Season

ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup Final

The Top 14 has once again flexed it’s financial muscle this summer. For a number of years now, officials from the French Rugby Federation have been fighting a losing battle against the Top 14’s governing body, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby. On one hand exists an organisation determined to keep the French national team competitive, and on the other, one that …

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A Northern Hemisphere Bound Super Rugby XV

European clubs are raiding the southern hemisphere for some of the game’s biggest names. With the Super Rugby season after coming to a conclusion, some of the southern hemisphere’s best players are already making their way north to join European clubs. Although this annual migration is nothing new, the age profile of the players leaving Super Rugby is clearly a …

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Video: Watch Ma’a Nonu Get Absolutely Smashed By An Unknown 18 Year Old During A Toulon Training Session

New Zealand v England

18 year old Anthony Belleau took his opportunity to floor Ma’a Nonu at training. Last Monday, Toulon held an opening training session in which members of the public were allowed attend. However, as Toulon are missing a number of players through injury and international call ups, members of their under-age squad also took part. Although some 18 year old players may get overawed …

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Big David Pocock News Coming Out Of France

David Pocock has reportedly received a substantial offer from a Top 14 club. At the beginning of November, Fox Sports reported that Bordeaux Bégles, Toulouse and Racing 92 were interested in signing Wallaby flanker, David Pocock. The news was not unexpected, Pocock was after all one the the World Cup’s stand out players and his contract was set to expire at the end of the …

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La Rochelle Linked With Massive Move For All Black Number 8

La Rochelle could be one the verge of signing one of New Zealand’s best backrow forwards. All Black number 8, Victor Vito, is on the verge of signing for Top 14 side, La Rochelle. The news was reported by rugby journalist, Gavin Mortimer. Gossip, and @midi_olympique claims that La Rochelle are “on the point of obtaining the signature” of All Black …

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This High Tackle, Twenty Meters From The Line, Resulted In A Penalty Try

Toulon had a penalty try awarded against them for a high tackle. European Champions Toulon found themselves at the end of penalty try decision after Josua Tuisova pulled down La Rochelle’s Pierre Aguillon. With the scores standing at three points apiece after fifteen minutes, La Rochelle blocked down an attempted Toulon kick behind their defence. Pierre Aguillon came flying onto the ball …

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Match Report: Connacht v La Rochelle

Connacht 48 La Rochelle 12 Attendance: 4735 Connacht got their European campaign up and running with a facile win over La Rochelle at the Sportsground on Saturday evening! Many French clubs have treated the Challenge Cup with disdain in the past and La Rochelle proved to be no different. They arrived at the Sportsground to be greeted with the delightful …

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Connacht Vs La Rochelle: 5 Reasons Why Connacht Will Win

Connacht host La Rochelle tomorrow night in their first European Rugby Challenge Cup game of the season, here Matt Cassidy outlines five reasons why the Irish side will come out victorious. The start of the European season got under way last night with Gloucester hammering Brive. Connacht make their European bow this year when they host newly promoted Top 14 …

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European Preview: Connacht v La Rochelle

Matt Cassidy previews Connacht’s battle with La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup this weekend. The European phase of the rugby season is upon us. Rugby’s continental tournaments have been revamped after a two-year battle between Premier Rugby Ltd, the Top 14 and the Celtic clubs. Many issues such as sponsorship have not been ironed out to date but …

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