Lopez the hero as USAP break Castres’ hearts

It took just one attack and less than three minutes for Marcel Garvey to give Castres the perfect start to the defence of their title, barrelling over the try line despite the attention of two Perpignan defenders. Rory Kockott duly converted the simple conversion. Unfortunately for CO, the rest of the match did not go […]

Magic Wilkinson conjures up great escape for Toulon against Montpellier

European champions Toulon kicked off their bid to end a 22-year wait for the Top 14 title with a barely deserved draw at Montpellier on Friday (August 16). Stade Yves du Manoir was, predictably, packed to the rafters for the opening game of the season and, after a brief delay while the small mystery of […]

BT Sport Viewers… Welcome to French rugby

The Top 14 kicks off this weekend – and, for the first time, British rugby fans will be able to see what all the fuss is about, courtesy of BT Sport. Here, France-based journalist and die-hard rugby fan James Harrington examines the teams and… probably foolishly… makes a few predictions. Just don’t gamble the mortgage […]