Posts Tagged "France Rugby"

France’s hopes of ending a 24-year Australian drought have suffered a huge blow with inspirational captain Thierry Dusautoir ruled out of the first rugby Test against the Wallabies.

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After a week off the Six Nations resumes this weekend and we’re approaching crunch time.

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Round 2 of the 2014 Six Nations confirmed one important thing for us, Ireland are much improved under Joe Schmidt and that performance against New Zealand was not an aberration,

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Round 1 of the Six Nations produced two surprises for me – I had expected much better performances from both Wales and Ireland than we saw.

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I watched a replay of the France versus England match in the opening round of the 2014 Six Nations tournament before having my breakfast and was thrilled with the quality and intensity of the play.

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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has vowed to banish a “difficult” 2013 to history and make this year one of “effectiveness” from his team.

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Ahead of the 2014 Six Nations tournament which kicks off on February 14, here is the first of a country-by-country breakdown of each team, beginning with 2013 wooden-spooners France.

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2013 certainly hasn’t been a good rugby year for France. Prior to the Six Nations they were playing good rugby in last year’s end of year Tests.

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The Wallabies will play France in three Tests next year at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, the Australian Rugby Union has confirmed.

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After a warmup against Japan last week, the All Blacks begin their European Tour with a Test against France in Paris. Join us for live scores from 7.00am AEDT.

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Thierry Dusautoir can’t contain his delight at being back in the France squad for next month’s tests against New Zealand, Tonga and South Africa.

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The All Blacks can close out a clean sweep in their series against France when the two sides meet for the third-and-final Test in New Plymouth tonight. We’ll have live scores from 5.35pm AEST.

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The All Blacks say variety in attack will be needed to beat France for a third time, believing a kick-heavy approach won’t work again.

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The contrast in experience will be a feature of the final rugby Test between the All Blacks and France in New Plymouth and no more so than in the respective halves combinations.

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Coach Steve Hansen took personal pride in a record-setting defensive display as the All Blacks whitewashed France 30-0 in the second Test at Christchurch to clinch the three-Test series.

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After a scratchy performance at Eden Park last weekend, the All Blacks will be out to step it up when they meet France in Christchurch this evening. We’ll have live scores from 5.35pm AEST.

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France have made four changes to their starting 15 for the second Test against the All Blacks, among them the inclusion of the experienced Frederic Michalak at five-eighth.

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The All Blacks will look to refine their game, rather than make any significant changes, as they prepare for the second Test against France in Christchurch.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admits it was ugly at times but says the 23-13 first Test win over France has given the side a foundation for the rest of the series.

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The All Blacks play their first Test of 2013 when they meet France at Eden Park tonight. We’ll have live scores from 5.30pm AEST.

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