RUGBY WRAP UP: Toulouse Flood destroys Oyonnax defences in the end

Here’s my latest post for the American-based rugby website Rugby Wrap Up. You can see it in all its glory here. CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulouse new boy Toby Flood enjoyed a memorable Top 14 debut. He scored all his side’s points as they scraped past a dogged Oyonnax at Stade Ernest Wallon. But it’s Brive, […]

Wilko and Toulon teach Racing – and Sexton – a brutal rugby lesson

On Friday, August 16, 2013, Toulon exhibited all the get-up-and-go of The Magic Roundabout’s doped-up rabbit Dylan as they kicked off the new Top 14 season with a laboured, barely deserved draw at Montpellier. A week later, pundits and fans alike expected them to charge at Racing Metro like a sex-starved rhino on bad acid. […]

TOP 14 MATCHDAY TWO PREVIEW: Jonny v Jonny – Wilko set to take all in battle of the number 10s

One down. Twenty-five to go… Not afraid to make a fool of himself after last weekend’s opening matches in the Top 14, James Harrington rushes in to play pundit ahead of the second set of games Toulon v Racing Metro Any look ahead at this early season meeting of two of the Top 14’s biggest-spending, deepest-pocketed […]

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 […]