Posts Tagged "France Rugby"

After New Zealand demolished Italy at the very first World Cup match in 1987, the tournament needed a boost. It came in very next game, as Scotland and France played out the first classic encounter in the tournament’s history with a 20-all draw that had everything.

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Phillippe Saint-Andre has announced that he will be stepping down as France coach at the end of the World Cup in October. Saint-Andre was with the team for four years, and it must be said, France had one if its worst records under his tenure.

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France are in no better shape going into the 2015 Rugby World Cup than they were going into the last one.

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France’s national sport being politics, it’s no wonder Les Bleus have often polarised opinion and been a headache for all coaches who have tried to tame them.

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France rugby officials have included Australian pair Brock James and Blair Connor plus Toulon’s English flanker Steffon Armitage in a 74-strong pre-World Cup squad thanks to an Olympic loophole on eligibility.

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The Wallabies have won a Test series! Although there was some of the obligatory angst we supporters of the Wallabies secretly love so much, 2014 has held more highlights than lowlights for the national side.

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The Wallabies have secured the series with wins in Brisbane and Melbourne and will be looking to clean sweep France at Allianz Stadium this afternoon.

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I didn’t even see the first Test, I only saw the replay. There I was, walking off the Eurostar at Gare du Nord, with the morning Parisian sun streaming through it’s majestically stained antique windows.

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Across the country last Queen’s Birthday weekend, old-school firecrackers re-emerged as the go-to entertainment.

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In an interview conducted in Brisbane for the French media after the big win by the Wallabies, French player Mathieu Bastareaud described his frustration at his inability to help his teammates escape their seven-try thrashing.

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The Wallabies have opened 2014 in sizzling style by thrashing an overwhelmed France 50-23 at Suncorp Stadium.

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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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