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.

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Plisson out for rest of season

NEWS: Stade Francais flyhalf Jules Plisson will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left shoulder in the Top-14 game against Toulouse.

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Toulouse beat 14-man Stade

Toulouse clinched a 21-12 victory over Stade Francais in the Top 14 on Friday, capitalising on the Paris club having to play more than half the match with 14 men.

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Rest assured for French finalists

Top 14 leading duo Toulon and Clermont return to domestic duties on Saturday with one eye on their European Champions Cup final on May 2.

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Reds deny Cooper's departure

REACTION: For the second time this year, the Reds have been left fuming about an early announcement on the departure of one of their players.

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Cooper turns his back on Australia

BREAKING NEWS: Wallaby playmaker Quade Cooper has turned his back on Australia. He signed a two-year contract with French giants Toulon.

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Top 14: Toulouse, Stade in final push

Toulouse face a tough challenge against Stade Francais on Friday in a revival of their Top 14 "Classique" as the chase for play-off spots intensifies.

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Toulon: No O'Connell, maybe Cooper

Toulon have quashed reports that Paul O'Connell has signed for them, but rumours are still circulating around Quade Cooper.

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Fofana pens new Clermont deal

NEWS: France international back Wesley Fofana has signed a new deal with Clermont, staying until 2019.

Top 14 in the red as players profit

France's Top 14, the world's richest rugby championship, suffered a record deficit of US$25.5-million last season as player salaries soared.

Pau's All Black coach stays

Simon Mannix has extended his contract as coach of Pau, ensured of promotion to the Top 14 next season, through until 2018.

Slade: I'm committed, till I leave

INTERVIEW: All Black and Crusaders back Colin Slade said he "remains committed" to New Zealand, until he leaves for France later this year.

All Black flyhalf signs for Pau

NEWS: All Black flyhalf Colin Slade has signed a three-year contract with Pau, who have just won promotion to the Top 14.

Mignoni swaps Toulon for Lyon

Pierre Mignoni will leave his job as backs coach at Toulon at the end of the season to take over the helm at Top 14 rivals Lyon.

Clermont come unstuck at home

Defending champions Toulon returned to the summit of the Top 14 on Saturday while Clermont were upset at home to Oyonnax.

France advertise Saint-Andre's job

NEWS: The French Rugby Federation launched the application process to find the successor to incumbent coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

La Rochelle and Stade in stalemate

La Rochelle extended their unbeaten run to six matches as they battled Top 14 title challengers Stade Francais to a 19-all draw on Friday.

La Rochelle plan a 'great escape'

La Rochelle can take a significant step towards Top 14 survival if they extend a five-match unbeaten run in the league by beating Stade Francais.