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France

Super-sized Will Skelton leads Wallabies to clean sweep of France

GEORGINA ROBINSON Gifts come in many guises and Wallabies second rower Will Skelton could be just what the Wallabies need leading into next year's World Cup.

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France recall Bonneval and Ouedraogo

Recalled: Fulgence Ouedraogo.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has recalled versatile back Hugo Bonneval and flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to the starting side for the third and final test against Australia in Sydney, as Les Bleus bid to avoid a series sweep.

French say they have done their homework on Wallabies rookie Will Skelton

Power player: Will Skelton.

RUPERT GUINNESS There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third and final Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of international experience.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie a mysterious man, says Mathieu Bastareaud

French centre Mathieu Bastareaud takes some stopping.

RUPERT GUINNESS French back Mathieu Bastareaud believes Wallabies coach Ewen Mckenzie is a "mysterious" man who keeps things close to his chest.

Wallabies grind out low-scoring win over France

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is rounded up by the French defence.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies shrugged off a controversial no-try ruling and a late raid by a re-energised France to claim a 6-0 win and series bragging rights in Melbourne on Saturday.

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Israel Folau is a union player through and through, says French centre Wesley Fofana

Folau fan: French centre Wesley Fofana.

RUPERT GUINNESS It didn't take French centre Wesley Fofana to play against Israel Folau in last week's first Test against Australia in Brisbane to be convinced about the Wallabies fullback's world class ability.

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Wallabies need to be wary of France scrum, says Bob Dwyer

Danger man: Guilhem Guirado.

RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer believes that France will be at their "most dangeorus" and Australia at their "most vulnerable" going into Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

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Rugby

France ring changes for second Test against Wallabies

Back in action: Thierry Dusautoir.

France coach Phillippe Saint-Andre claims he had little choice but to swing the selection axe following Les Bleus' first Test thrashing by the Wallabies.

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Wallabies maul bemused France in First Test

Too hot to handle: Israel Folau.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies shrugged off the devastating loss of a new captain within a minute of kick-off to demolish a bamboozled France and notch their fifth win in a row for the first time since 2008.

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Wallabies must get early physical edge over France, warns Matt Giteau

General: Frederic Michalak.

RUPERT GUINNESS If the Wallabies allow France to gain an early physical upper hand in the first of three Tests, they will do so at their own peril, warns former Test playmaker Matt Giteau.

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Jonny Wilkinson signs off in style with Toulon win

Final outing: Jonny Wilkinson scored 15 points for Toulon.

Jonny Wilkinson ended his glittering career in style, almost predictably kicking European champions Toulon to the French Top 14 title with a 18-10 victory against Castres on Saturday.

Wallabies can target 3-0 sweep of spluttering France

Paul Cully dinkus

PAUL CULLY The French finished fourth in this year's Six Nations and do not look equipped to beat the Wallabies away from home.

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French coach Philippe Saint Andre no stranger to winning Down Under

Philippe Saint-Andre goes it alone in 1996.

RUPERT GUINNESS French coach Philippe Saint Andre recalls his playing days with amusement, but there will be nothing lighthearted when his French team plays the Wallabies in a three-Test series next month.

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Jonny Wilkinson ends his quest to be the perfect five-eighth

Wilkinson poses with his MBE in 2003. A knighthood beckons after his retirement.

Oliver Brown Jonny Wilkinson admits fears over step into the unknown as he confirms he will bring glittering career to a close at end of the season, writes Oliver Brown in Toulon.

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Toulouse condemned after player allowed to play on following severe head knock

Battered: Florian Fritz leaves the field during the quarter-final match between Toulouse and Racing Metro.

GEORGINA ROBINSON French rugby has attracted worldwide condemnation after a player for Top 14 team Toulouse was allowed to return to the field after suffering a severe head knock.

Rugby

Caveman Chabal, 'monument to marketing', bows out

Farewell: Sebastian Chabal gestures to the crowd as his playing career comes to an end.

Luke Phillips Self-styled caveman Sebastien Chabal retired from rugby on Sunday, the French forward bowing out with critics split over his rugby-playing abilities but no one in doubt over his role as a "monument to marketing".

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France set to bring inexperienced squad to Australia

France will travel to Australia eyeing a successful three-Test tour ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, coach Phillippe Saint-Andre said on Tuesday.

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Rugby

Sebastien Chabal to retire

Sebastien Chabal in action in the 2007 Six Nations.

Former France utility forward Sebastien Chabal, capped 62 times between 2000 and 2011, will end his 16-year playing career on Sunday.

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Jonny Wilkinson boots Toulon into Heineken Cup final

Superboot: Jonny Wilkinson kicked Toulon to victory.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points to lift Toulon to a 24-16 Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster on Sunday, keeping alive their hopes of becoming the third side to successfully defend the title.

Rugby

Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

Bryan Habana made an immediate impact on his return from injury for Toulon.

Pirate Irwin South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday.

Fallen giants Biarritz relegated

Perpignan's fulback James Hook sinks the boot into Biarritz.

Luke Phillips Five-time champions and two-time European Cup runners-up Biarritz were relegated from French rugby's Top 14 on Saturday ending an 18-year stay in the elite division.

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Rugby

Irish crown O'Driscoll's farewell in style

Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations trophy.

Pirate Irwin Ireland won the Six Nations title on Saturday with a thrilling 22-20 victory over France to give iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll the perfect end to his stellar international career.

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Rugby

France bring back Fickou for Ireland clash

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre volunteered Thursday to be the scapegoat for France's much criticised performances as he brought back powerhouse Louis Picamoles for the Six Nations rugby decider against Ireland.

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Rugby

France late show stuns Scotland

France's Yoann Huget.

France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Rugby

Saint-Andre tells his French 'cry-babies' to toughen up

Philippe Saint Andre.

Julian Guyer France coach Philippe Saint-Andre is looking for fewer "cry-babies" and more discipline from his side when they try to get their Six Nations campaign back on track away to Scotland on Saturday.

Rugby

Wales overwhelm France to restore Six Nations title hopes

Sam Warburton

Wales coach Warren Gatland was an unusually happy man on Friday after a try in each half earned a third successive win over France and put them back in the hunt to retain their Six Nations crown.

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Rugby

France stay unbeaten in Six Nations as two sent off

France's Wesley Fofana jumps to score a try against Italy during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, February 9, 2014.            REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE  - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Pirate Irwin Paris: A devastating burst of 21 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half saw France beat Italy 30-10 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Sunday and record back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2012.

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Rugby

Last gasp France stun England in Paris

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Barnaby Chesterman A brilliant late Gael Fickou try helped France to a stunning 26-24 win over England in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Rugby

Mathieu Bastareaud says Jonny Wilkinson made him 'a bigger threat'

Mathieu Bastareaud

Mathieu Bastareaud tells Mick Cleary in an exclusive interview how England legend is helping him add skill to mountainous size.

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Rugby

Francois Trinh-Duc back in France contention

Francois Trinh-Duc

He may not have played for France since the last Six Nations but Montpellier five-eighth Francois Trinh-Duc has been the happiest man in camp since joining the French squad.

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Super Rugby 2014

Round 1
Thu, 30 JanTimes shown AEDT
CHT 20 vs LIO 21 Report Stats
SHA 31 vs BUL 16 Report Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
CRU 10 vs CHF 18 Report Stats
Sat, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHT 15 vs BUL 9 Report Stats
BRU 17 vs RED 27 Report Stats
HIG 29 vs BLU 21 Report Stats
Sun, 23 FebTimes shown AEDT
SHA 27 vs HUR 9 Report Stats
LIO 34 vs STO 10 Report Stats
WAR 43 vs FOR 21 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sun, 16 FebTimes shown AEDT
BLU 35 vs CRU 24 Report Stats
Fri, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
REB 35 vs CHT 14 Report Stats
Sat, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
STO 19 vs HUR 18 Report Stats
CHF 21 vs HIG 19 Report Stats
WAR 32 vs RED 5 Report Stats
FOR 14 vs BRU 27 Report Stats
Sun, 02 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 25 vs LIO 17 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 21 vs BRU 29 Report Stats
RED 43 vs CHT 33 Report Stats
Sat, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 14 vs STO 13 Report Stats
FOR 32 vs REB 7 Report Stats
Sun, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 38 vs BLU 22 Report Stats
SHA 37 vs LIO 23 Report Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 36 vs STO 20 Report Stats
REB 19 vs CRU 25 Report Stats
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 60 vs CHT 27 Report Stats
HIG 29 vs FOR 31 Report Stats
BRU 28 vs WAR 23 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
LIO 39 vs BLU 36 Report Stats
SHA 35 vs RED 20 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
HIG 35 vs HUR 31 Report Stats
WAR 32 vs REB 8 Report Stats
Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 40 vs CHT 30 Report Stats
BRU 25 vs STO 15 Report Stats
FOR 18 vs CHF 15 Report Stats
Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
LIO 23 vs RED 20 Report Stats
BUL 23 vs SHA 19 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 26 vs HUR 29 Report Stats
REB 32 vs BRU 24 Report Stats
Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 30 vs HIG 12 Report Stats
RED 22 vs STO 17 Report Stats
Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 34 vs CHF 34 Report Stats
SHA 32 vs WAR 10 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
HIG 33 vs REB 30 Report Stats
BRU 26 vs BLU 9 Report Stats
Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
HUR 25 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
RED 29 vs FOR 32 Report Stats
Sun, 06 AprTimes shown AEDT
CHT 43 vs CHF 43 Report Stats
LIO 7 vs CRU 28 Report Stats
STO 11 vs WAR 22 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
HIG 27 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
RED 20 vs BRU 23 Report Stats
Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 22 vs REB 16 Report Stats
FOR 28 vs WAR 16 Report Stats
Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
CHT 31 vs CRU 52 Report Stats
LIO 12 vs SHA 25 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
HUR 39 vs BLU 20 Report Stats
REB 22 vs FOR 16 Report Stats
Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 17 vs CRU 18 Report Stats
WAR 19 vs BUL 12 Report Stats
SHA 19 vs CHT 8 Report Stats
Sun, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
STO 18 vs LIO 3 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
BLU 21 vs WAR 13 Report Stats
BRU 41 vs CHF 23 Report Stats
Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
SHA 18 vs HIG 34 Report Stats
HUR 35 vs RED 21 Report Stats
FOR 15 vs BUL 6 Report Stats
Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
CHT 35 vs STO 22 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 44 vs RED 14 Report Stats
REB 16 vs SHA 22 Report Stats
Sat, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 40 vs BRU 20 Report Stats
CHF 38 vs LIO 8 Report Stats
WAR 39 vs HUR 30 Report Stats
STO 29 vs HIG 28 Report Stats
Sun, 04 MayTimes shown AEST
BUL 26 vs CHT 21 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 32 vs BLU 20 Report Stats
REB 15 vs HUR 25 Report Stats
Sat, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
HIG 23 vs LIO 22 Report Stats
BRU 16 vs SHA 9 Report Stats
Sun, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 16 vs FOR 23 Report Stats
BUL 28 vs STO 12 Report Stats
RED 29 vs CRU 57 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 16 vs HIG 18 Report Stats
Sat, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 25 vs SHA 30 Report Stats
RED 27 vs REB 30 Report Stats
Sun, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 24 vs FOR 8 Report Stats
CHT 27 vs BRU 21 Report Report Stats
WAR 41 vs LIO 13 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 23 vs SHA 29 Report Stats
REB 19 vs WAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
BUL 44 vs BRU 23 Report Report Stats
HIG 30 vs CRU 32 Report Stats
HUR 45 vs CHF 8 Report Stats
FOR 29 vs LIO 19 Report Stats
Sun, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 33 vs CHT 0 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 30 vs FOR 7 Report Stats
RED 38 vs HIG 31 Report Stats
Sat, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 17 vs WAR 33 Report Stats
BLU 37 vs HUR 24 Report Stats
BRU 37 vs REB 10 Report Stats
Sun, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
LIO 32 vs BUL 21 Report Stats
SHA 19 vs STO 21 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HIG 29 vs CHF 25 Report Stats
REB 20 vs RED 36 Report Stats
Sat, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR 16 vs CRU 9 Report Stats
WAR 39 vs BRU 8 Report Stats
FOR 14 vs BLU 40 Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
CHF 24 vs HUR 16 Report Stats
Sat, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
LIO 34 vs REB 17 Report Stats
CRU 21 vs BLU 13 Report Stats
FOR 30 vs RED 20 Report Stats
Sun, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
STO 16 vs BUL 0 Report Stats
CHT 27 vs SHA 20 Report Stats
WAR 44 vs HIG 16 Report Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
BLU vs CHF 17:35EP
BRU vs FOR 19:40CAN
Sat, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
BUL vs REB 03:10LV
CRU vs HIG 17:35AMI
RED vs WAR 19:40SS
Sun, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
LIO vs CHT 01:05Ellis Park
STO vs SHA 03:10DHL Newlands Stadium
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Super Rugby - 2014 Ladder
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Waratahs 15 11 4 0 178 53
Crusaders 15 10 5 0 97 46
Sharks 15 10 5 0 89 46
Highlanders 15 8 7 0 -15 42
Hurricanes 16 8 8 0 65 41
Brumbies 15 9 6 0 12 40
Force 15 9 6 0 -28 40
Chiefs 15 7 6 2 3 40
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