TOP 14 MATCHDAY TWO REVIEW: The pundits get an early season wake-up call

It was, for bookies and fans of certain sides in the Top 14, the best of weeks. It was, for many a Top 14 pundit, the worst of weeks, as the results made a mockery of what they believed should have been a series of relatively straightforward forecasts. Still, at least it will keep us […]

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 […]