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Former players to take legal action against World Rugby

A group of former players have issued formal legal proceedings against World Rugby and the governing bodies of England (RFU) and Wales (WRU) over claims that the failure to protect them led to the early onset of dementia, British media reported.

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France top world rankings, NZ No. 4

France displaced South Africa at the top of the world rankings on Monday, while New Zealand slumped to an all-time low of No. 4 after a stunning northern hemisphere sweep of the major July tests at the weekend.


France fire in second half to overpower Japan

Winger Damian Penaud scored two tries as France put together a strong second-half performance for a commanding 42-23 victory over Japan in the first test at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi on Saturday.

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What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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Aussie lock Meafou wants to play for France

Rugby giant Emmanuel Meafou is set to turn his back on the Wallabies and pledge allegiance to France after being overlooked by Australian Super Rugby teams.

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France's Dupont wins 6N player of tournament

France scrum-half Antoine Dupont has been named men's 2022 Six Nations player of the championship after guiding his team to their first Grand Slam and Six Nations title since 2010.

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France's Penaud back for 6N finale vs. England

Winger Damian Penaud returns in the only change to Grand Slam-chasing France for their Six Nations match with England in Paris on Saturday.

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Penaud tests positive for COVID ahead of Wales

France duo Romain Taofifenua and Damian Penaud have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing coach Fabien Galthie to make changes from the team who beat Scotland two weeks ago.

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France score six tries in rout over Scotland

France were at their flamboyant best as they scored six tries in thumping Scotland 36-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday to make it three wins out of three in the Six Nations this year.

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Resilient Reds find a way to sink Waratahs in sodden Sydney

The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.

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Danty France's only change for Scotland tie

Jonathan Danty returns from injury to take his place in the French backline in the only change announced by coach Fabien Galtier to take on Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Rugby Real or Not: Australian rugby doesn't value locks enough

Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?

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Rugby Real or Not: Beale's return makes him fullback frontrunner

With Super Rugby Pacific underway, and the Six Nations set to resume after a week off, there is plenty happening across the rugby world. Our writers break down some of the big stories in the first edition of Rugby Real or Not.

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Ireland captain Sexton to miss key France clash

Ireland will be without captain Johnny Sexton when they face France in Paris on Saturday after the fly-half sustained an hamstring strain in training on Wednesday.

2022 RankingsSix Nations

  • FRA2nd
    Tries Scored 1st Ireland : 24 Tries Scored
  • FRA2nd
    Points Difference 1st Ireland : 105 Points Difference