Toulon open European defence with win

Reigning two-time champions Toulon began the defence of their European Rugby Champions Cup crown with a rugged 28-18 victory over a spirited Scarlets on Sunday.

Francois Trinh-Duc breaks leg in Top 14

Francois Trinh Duc.

France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc is out of the November tests after breaking his right leg in the Top 14 match between Montpellier and Oyonnax, and will undergo an operation later on Saturday.

We've been robbed: Racing coach blows-up after Paris derby loss

Johan Goosen runs the ball to the line for Racing-Metro.

Luke Phillips   Stade Francais won bragging rights in the Parisian derby battle with Racing-Metro, running out 23-19 victors in a tight, niggly Top 14 match on Saturday.

Matt Giteau named player of the year at French rugby awards

Matt Giteau starred at inside centre for Toulon last season.

Former Wallaby star Matt Giteau has been named the player of the year in French rugby for the 2013/14 Top 14 season.

Dan Carter chased by Top 14 club Racing Metro

Dan Carter has little left to achieve in rugby.

David Long   Racing Metro chairman Jacky Lorenzetti has gone public on his plans to lure Dan Carter to the French club next season.

James O'Connor steers Toulon to big Top 14 win

Former Wallaby winger James O'Connor dives to score a try for Toulon.

Former Wallaby James O'Connor scored 25 points to steer Toulon to a commanding victory over Montpellier in French rugby's Top 14.

Les Bleus suffering from free market

Matt Giteau has helped Toulon win two Heineken Cup titles.

Julien Pretot   The Premier League is often dubbed the best football league in the world, yet England have not won the World Cup in almost 50 years and they look nowhere close to doing so. The same applies in rugby to France, the only free market in the sport.

Clermont find home form, Toulouse away blues continue

Racing Metro's South African fly-half Johan Goosen.

Barnaby Chesterman   Clermont got back to winning ways at home following last week's shock 21-20 reverse to Montpellier by cruising past Racing-Metro 32-6 in the French Top 14 on Saturday.


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

Australia's Will Skelton, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against France during their rugby union test match  in Sydney, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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.



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.



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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