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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]