Category Archive: France Rugby

France Rugby News

Apr 19

France legend Dusautoir to retire from rugby at the end of the season

France flanker Thierry Dusautoir has announced his retirement from rugby after a nine-year international career which included 34 RBS 6 Nations appearances.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31652.php

Mar 31

Ones to watch: France

Guy Novès has made no secret of his desire to bring through young players with France, handing out 25 debuts since he took over at the start of 2016.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31624.php

Mar 31

What lies ahead: France

France finished in the top half of the RBS 6 Nations table for the first time since 2011 and they will be looking to build on that form with a summer tour to South Africa.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31623.php

Mar 31

Vahaamahina believes European quarter-final will mirror RBS 6 Nations

France lock Sébastien Vahaamahina has compared Sunday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and RC Toulon to the physicality of the RBS 6 Nations.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31621.php

Mar 27

Guirado prepares to face off with France colleagues

France captain Guilhem Guirado admits Toulon will have to improve quickly if they are to avoid a European exit against Top 14 rivals Clermont this weekend.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31605.php

Mar 24

Picamoles: Time for France to increase self-belief

Following a rollercoaster 2017 RBS 6 Nations, France’s Louis Picamoles insists it is time for Les Bleus to recognise the quality in their ranks and increase their levels of self-belief.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31596.php

Mar 22

My Championship: Thomas Lièvremont

When I was young the Championship was a time to get together with the whole family.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31473.php

Mar 20

RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship Nominee Profile: Camille Lopez

At the conclusion of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations a total of 12 players have been shortlisted for the Player of the Championship award.

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Mar 20

RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship Nominee Profile: Louis Picamoles

At the conclusion of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations a total of 12 players have been shortlisted for the Player of the Championship award.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31570.php

Mar 20

But for one England try the Six Nations would have been a five-way tie | Andy Bull

It was a tournament to savour, with the standard of play and level of ferocity increasing, but unfortunately the Italians are being left behind

Come Monday morning the players will be back at work with their clubs, getting ready for the next round of league fixtures.

Their schedules leave them precious little time to heal their wounds, even less to rest and reflect on what has gone on these past few weeks. Rugby has never been an easy living but in this Six Nations some of the Tests, especially the three between England, Ireland and Wales, were so ferocious that watching them felt a guilty pleasure.

Related: New Zealand media on England loss: ‘Stuffed plastic bags in need of a trolley’

Related: Emerald flytrap shuts on England once again in Six Nations | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/20/england-six-nations-wales-ireland-france-scotland-italy

Mar 19

Gourdon thrilled by French concentration in closing stages

Kevin Gourdon was delighted with the way France held their nerve in their dramatic victory over Wales on Super Saturday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31563.php

Mar 19

France’s prevailing dark arts against Wales offer rugby bloodgate reminder | Michael Aylwin

France engineered victory in Paris but at what price when considering the livid bite mark on the left arm of Wales’ George North

We could have another bloodgate on our hands. Whether you believe Dean Richards’s misdemeanour was the vilest crime perpetrated against a trusting world or just another storm in a teacup, the fact is it came with a three-year ban – and there is little to distinguish it from the manoeuvre France appear to have engineered in Paris. What’s more, unlike Harlequins’ fast one, France’s worked. In the most dramatic of circumstances.

Camille Chat’s try, at the end of the 100th minute of a game that seemed as if it would never end, secured France the win that clinches their first finish in the top three of the Six Nations since 2011. But the method by which they secured it is sure to attract the attention of the folk with access-all-areas badges. And then there’s the livid bite mark on the left arm of George North. That’s sure to be investigated too.

Related: Wales coach Rob Howley accuses France of ‘undermining game’s integrity’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/19/france-prevail-wales-dark-arts-bloodgate-reminder-guy-noves-george-north

Mar 18

Wales coach Rob Howley accuses France of ‘undermining game’s integrity’

• Rob Howley angry over replacement of Uini Atonio for alleged head injury
• Wales’s George North left with bite marks on arm after Six Nations match

The fallout from the extraordinary climax to France’s victory over Wales – secured 20 minutes after the 80 were up – looks set to run. Rob Howley, Wales’s coach, has accused the French of undermining the integrity of the game. He cited, as well, a distinct bite mark on the left arm of George North as further evidence of malpractice in those climactic final minutes.

Wales were facing a series of scrums on their five-metre line, defending a five-point lead, when France brought back on their best scrummager, Rabah Slimani, so that Uini Atonio might go for an alleged head injury assessment. Howley believes it was a tactical switch, which is against the laws of the game.

Related: France stun Wales by snatching win amid 100th-minute madness

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/18/wales-rob-howley-accuses-france-six-nations

Mar 18

Noves bursting with pride as France pinch it at death

Guy Noves was delighted by the character shown by his France side as they battled to a dramatic last-gasp victory over Wales in their final 2017 RBS 6 Nations clash.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31546.php

Mar 18

Brice Dulin wins man of the match award in France victory

Brice Dulin was named man of the match for France in their 20-18 victory over Wales at the Stade de France. 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/france/31545.php

Mar 18

France stun Wales by snatching win amid 100th-minute madness

• France 20-18 Wales
• Game lasts almost 100 minutes in astonishing last play

Extraordinary scenes. This was the sort of game to enrage the French, but notice of their revival has been served by the manner in which they found a way to the win, while chaos and insanity reigned. A full 20 minutes after the 80 minutes was up, they finally barged their way to victory with a try by Camille Chat, the conversion of which clinched France’s third win of the tournament.

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Related: France 20-18 Wales: Six Nations – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/18/france-wales-six-nations-match-report

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