Posts Tagged "Toulon"

Exiled Wallaby James O’Connor looks set to join European champions Toulon next season, putting his 2015 Rugby World Cup in doubt.

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England rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson rounded off the perfect weekend after being named European player of the year on Sunday, a day after captaining Toulon to European Cup victory.

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World Cup winning fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has signed a one-year contract extension with Toulon, the French Top 14 club says on their internet site.

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Jonny Wilkinson starred for Toulon as they kept their European Cup hopes alive after disposing of Leicester 21-15 on Sunday, while twice winners Munster also progressed to the semi-finals after an 18-12 win at Harlequins.

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Jonny Wilkinson kicked 17 points for Toulon as the Top 14 leaders ended a four-match losing streak away from home on Saturday with a 43-11 rout of Stade Francais.

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Former Australia captain Rocky Elsom signed for French Top 14 leaders Toulon on Friday as a replacement for Stephane Munoz, who has been ruled out of the rest of the season after fracturing an eye socket.

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Last night I caught the second half of the French Top 14 Final. Toulose beat Toulon 18-12 in a gripping match. It was 12 all with about 15 minutes to go.

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Former Wallabies playmaker Matt Giteau can cap a stellar debut season for Toulon with an upset victory over heavyweights Toulouse in the French rugby championship final at Stade de France on Saturday (Sunday AEST).

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Gavin Henson has been both the golden boy, and the bad boy, of Welsh rugby for some time now. In 2001, he was named IRB International Young Player of the Year and according to some news reports, he beat a certain Dan Carter to the award.

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Outspoken Toulon owner and club president Mourad Boudjellal was handed a 130-day ban on Thursday after using lurid language to describe the level of refereeing in a recent Top 14 game.

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French rugby referees are suing controversial Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal for defamation after he made lurid accusations in the wake of a Top 14 defeat.

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Two weeks after calling time on his 91-cap England career, Jonny Wilkinson said on Friday that he will end his club career at French Top 14 side Toulon.

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It has been the million-dollar question each time southern-hemisphere rugby stars emigrate to the north. And it’s fair to say that most established ‘brands’ didn’t deliver up north. Or more exactly, they didn’t live up to local expectations, which are huge when they sign a Jerry Collins, a Carl Hayman, or a Matt Giteau.

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Reports coming out of France say that former Australian forward Willie Mason is unhappy and bored playing rugby for Toulon and is eyeing an NRL return.

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Big spending Top 14 side Toulon’s two high-profile close season signings, former Wallaby fly-half Matt Giteau and veteran England lock Simon Shaw, trained for the first time on Monday.

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Australian rugby league international Willie Mason has been released by Hull Kingston Rovers just months into a three-year contract, the Super League side announced on Saturday.

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Is this the end for Willie Mason? A once colourful identity of the NRL, the giant afro which paraded the park for the Bulldogs in his rookie season, used to be a cult hero among fans.

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Hull Kingston Rovers colourful import Willie Mason could be about to cut short his stay in Super League after being courted by big-spending French rugby union club Toulon.

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Two-time champions Munster failed to reach the European Cup rugby quarter-finals for the first time since the 1997/98 season after they received a 32-16 thrashing by French debutants Toulon on Sunday.

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England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has signed a contract extension with French Top 14 club Toulon for a further season with an option for a second, the club confirmed on Monday.

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