Top 14 Rugby

Former Aussie and Kiwi internationals face drug charges

    Two Top 14 players have been charged with the possession and transaction of the class A drug cocaine. Toulon man James O’Connor and Racing’s Ali Williams were arrested by police outside a nightclub in Paris on Saturday, and spent a night in the cells. Williams admitted acquiring the substance and will face the court of law on a …

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Dan Carter makes an apology after drink driving.

    All Blacks legend Dan Carter has been found guilty of drink driving in Paris on Wednesday. Carter has since made a sincere apology, stating;  “No excuses; I made a massive error of judgment and have let down my club, my fans and most importantly my family.” Although he seems genuinely disappointed in his actions, he was not arrested …

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Barba avoids ban with code switch.

    Australia’s Ben Barba has made headlines again following his reaction to his 12 game ban in the NRL for testing positive for cocaine. The 27 year old has managed to avoid the ban by switching codes to join the Top14 side Toulon. Although most situations like this would be a lot more complicated; down to contracts with the NRL …

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All Blacks man rejects move to France.

    According to Rugby Heaven and a French newspaper (Midi Olympique), All Black Ben Smith has rejected a move to the top14 to stay with the New Zealand team. The 30 year old who was linked with a potential move to Pau with a tasty salary of around £1.6m, has seen that the honour of playing for the All …

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‘A hooligans’ game played by gentlemen’ – Sportsmanship fading?

Our great game has always revolved around putting in everything you have and just as importantly, sportsmanship. This is why we were appalled by Pape’s display of diving against Edinburgh at the weekend, which wouldn’t fall short of earning him an oscar.  The Frenchman was ‘slapped’ by Edinburgh centre Phil Burleigh in the second half and was looked down upon …

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Will the drain end? – Pichot’s plans to tackle the talent drain

The player drain is taking it’s toll on Rugby and it’s less funded nations, with talent flocking to bigger, more successful nations in a bid to make it into the professional game. This drain is nothing new, with players jetting off to the likes of France and England like there’s no tomorrow, making it less of a talent drain and …

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Masoe dedicates victory of the Top 14 to late Jerry Collins

This weekend saw Racing 92 face Toulon in the Top 14 final which was to be played at Estadio Camp Nou, Barcelona in front of a record crown of over 98,000. However, in the mist of celebrations for the victorious Racing 92, It was a heart warming moment from Chris Masoe that caught the attention of the rugby community. Following …

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