The Darker Side of La Vie en Rose

You know how it is when you first fall in love. There’s a honeymoon period, where everything is warm, fuzzy and covered in a gauzy pink glow. Then, slowly, over time, the glow fades to reveal the harder, sharper bits of the object of your affections. There comes a point where your feelings run deep […]

Why Being Apart Means Summer Fun for All

Scheenagh Harrington isn’t rich or famous, and is happy with that, even if she does find it odd to be writing this in the third person. She is currently having an amazing time in the south of France, where life has thrown some serious curve balls in the past five years and so far, she’s […]

TOP 14 MATCHDAY ONE REVIEW: Scrum rules not okay?

Rugby union’s new scrummaging laws had their first serious workout this weekend as the Top 14 season kicked off in France. For years, it has been widely accepted that the scrum is a mess. That lengthy instruction: ‘Crouch. Touch. Hold. Engage,’ was almost inevitably followed by a raised arm and the shrill sound of a […]

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 […]