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  1. Chistera

    Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions

    The only reason why their intimidation methods were successfull is the absence of a TMO. I agree that today's team lacks unity, they don't have that "edge" that makes a good team, but that's down to the coaching staff more than the players in my opinion. However, Dubroca's antics would not be...
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - Scotland vs France

    My prediction : Scotland 15 - 17 France. I think that we have to win this one, simply because we're fielding our starting XV and Scotland isn't. Versus what still is an experimental side, especially when looking at the forward pack or the centres, we have to be able to control the game and get...
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - England vs Ireland

    Such a solid team, no real weakness to be seen. However that makes three starts in a row for Billy Vunipola doesn't it ? Jones really is playing with fire here.
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    Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions

    After losing 44-8 to England, or losing to Fidji last November, it's an understandable reaction. And even though Lopez wasn't at the last WC nobody has to remind him how France exited the competition... More than the result, what matters for our squad is restoring their sense of pride and...
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    France's team against Scotland this Saturday.

    Only four changes in the starting XV, real surprising, especially since Brunel has kept repeating that "every player will get a chance". I guess that Belleau, Rattez and Guitoune can forget about their WC hopes (?). Really a pity for Guitoune, he's had great season, arguably the best French...
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    Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions

    It definitely is. The only objective for France this time around precisely is to not be a joke. Our number 10 Camille Lopez said in a L'Equipe interview a month ago that the players "don't want to look like clowns". Getting our credibility back is the main goal, getting out of the pool would be...
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    The Missing Men XV

    Bastareaud ! At 13 or 8 (since that's where he'll be playing for Lyon as a joker until december). Not injured but he wasn't picked - we still don't know why by the way.
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - Scotland vs France

    As for France we can probably expect 10+ changes. I wouldn't be suprised if a whole new backline is fielded, depends if Huget is fit and if Galthié and Brunel want to give Belleau a chance at 10 and shift Ntamack to 12 - I personally don't see the point because I don't think that Belleau is an...
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    [2016 RBS Six Nations] Round 3: Wales vs. France (26/02/2016)

    Why do we necessarily have to lead at half-time? We have a solid bench, no reason for us the crash in the second half. That being said, I don't see us making a 15-point comeback on the Welsh. But as long the score is still close, we're in the game. - - - Updated - - - Why do we necessarily...
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    [2016 RBS Six Nations] Round 3: Wales vs. France (26/02/2016)

    Spot on all the way, even though 20-25 points is harsh, I'd say Wales by 10. 5 changes, another newcomer, 5 days after a Top 14 weekend with over 3/4 of the squad having played with their club, including captain Guirado who started, we won't look too good and Wales will attack our weak points...
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    [2016 RBS Six Nations] Round 3: Wales vs. France (26/02/2016)

    That Wales back row is going to teach our guys a lesson, with Picamoles out and if Novès picks Chouly again, then we'll be severely lacking firepower and rucking ability to counter Wales. Danty / Roberts is going to be the key clash of the game, whoever runs over the other one will set its team...
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    France 6 Nations 2016 Chat

    It's being widely reported by the sport and specialised press, but mostly ridiculed on social networks. The Federation outdid itself on that one, it's going to be hard to surpass. That makes for the first of today's nonsensical rugby news, the other being Weepu signing for a French amateur...
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    France 6 Nations 2016 Chat

    Meanwhile, Thomas and Marvin O'Connor are out due to injury while Machenaud picked up a small ankle problem. Djibril Camara and David Smith have been called up, but as it turns out that Smith is not eligible (he's played with NZ 7s before) somebody else is going to come in. Guitoune would be the...
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    France 6 Nations 2016 Chat

    Novès is a great leader of men, and has the reputation of a hard, distant man who expects respect and gives it in return. That can only be healthy for the team, as past coaches, Lièvremont as Saint-André, both progressively lost control over the changing room during their years in charge...
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    France 6 Nations 2016 Chat

    We should wait to judge Novès, Saint-André started his first 6 Nations with two wins as well, and France then had some very convincing autumn wins against Argentina (39-22) and Australia (33-6), things looked bright for us then... The Ligue and Federation perennial conflict isn't going away...
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    France 6 Nations 2016 Chat

    Haven't seen such a discussion so here goes. We've hanged by a thread so far, scrapping away with two wins from two home games. It's going to get a lot harder, starting next week. We're garanteed not to finish last with two wins, I don't really care about our final rank as long as we're not the...
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    Top 14 day 15...

    Stade Français has lost its last two games and can't afford not to field its internationals, all the French ones and Parisse as well. Guirado will feature for Toulon, he's too important for them not to. I figure Toulouse will try to rest some of its French internationals, even though Bézy and...
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    England 6N 2016 - General Chit Chat

    All the best then, especially if he keeps Lawes on the bench against France.
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    S this the worst 6N ever.......

    Are you kidding? The world cup was glorious! Every game was high quality and entertaining, expect France's matches. "Unattractive" fixtures as Scotland-Samoa or Tonga-Georgia turned out to be real crackers and every Pool A and knockout games were just fantastic rugby. I, as a French rugby fan...
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    [2016 RBS Six Nations] Round 2: France vs. Ireland (13/02/2016)

    With Ben Arous out, here's my ideal team to face Wales: 1. Poirot 2. Guirado 3. Slimani 4. Maestri, if suspended then Jedrasiak 5. Flanquart 6. Camara 7. Burban 8. Goujon 9. Machenaud 10. Plisson 11. Bonneval 12. Fickou 13. Danty 14. Vakatawa 15. Médard I hope that all these...
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