Toulon and Clermont in pole position

Defending champions Toulon and arch-rivals Clermont are in pole position to secure a bye ahead of the Top 14 semifinals.

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Sharks sign All Black lock

NEWS: Sale Sharks have made their second big signing in a week, landing All Black lock Bryn Evans on a two year deal.

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Jake dismisses French rumours

NEWS: World Cup-winning former Springbok coach Jake White has put an end to rumours linking him to the French coaching job.

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Kockott in France WC squad

NEWS: France coach Philippe Saint-Andre named his 36-man squad for the World Cup on Tuesday, which saw the inclusion of Rory Kockott.

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Roberts leaves Racing for Harlequins

NEWS: Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts has agreed to join Harlequins next season, after two years with Racing-Metro.

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Bayonne scuppers Biarritz merger

NEWS: Bayonne President Manu Merin dismissed a plan to merge with Basque rivals Biarritz after threats were made against him and his family.

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Woodward the next French coach?

NEWS: England's World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward is in the hunt to succeed Philippe Saint-Andre as France manager.

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Metronomic Wisniewski saves Grenoble

Jonathan Wisniewski's 22 points inspired Grenoble to a 32-11 thumping of Top 14 title hopefuls Toulouse on Saturday.

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Lyon relegated from Top 14

REPORT: Lyon were relegated from the French Top 14 for the second time in three years, after falling 28-10 at Oyonnax.

Vermaak's WC dream starts in CT

NEWS: Jano Vermaak's dream of getting a Springbok World Cup call-up starts in Cape Town on July 1.

Toulouse sweating over Noves

Veteran Toulouse coach Guy Noves said he fully understood his club president's frustration over his potential appointment as the new France coach.

Steyn gives Stade bragging rights

Springbok Morné Steyn's long-range kicking capability took centre stage as Stade Francais beat Parisian rivals Racing-Metro 28-19.

Season over for Toulon's Michalak

Toulon's flyhalf Frederic Michalak will miss the end of the season because of a hand injury, local daily Var Matin announced on Sunday.

No Euro hangover for Toulon

Toulon showed no signs of a hangover after their unprecedented third consecutive European title with a 37-21 demolition of Castres.

Pau sign Kiwi prop

Pau, newly-promoted to the Top 14, announced they had signed Fijian international wing Mosese Ratuvou and New Zealander prop Chris King.

Saint-Andre: Replacements lining up

A shortlist of eight has been drawn up from 66 candidates to replace Philippe Saint-Andre as France coach, the French rugby federation announced.

Troubled Guildford leaves Clermont

All Black wing Zac Guildford has ended his contract with Clermont a year early to return home for personal reasons as soon as possible.

Euro finalists slump in France

WRAP: Toulon and Clermont suffered shock defeats on Saturday, just a week before they collide in the European Champions Cup Final.