Jonathan Pélissié

Jonathan Pelissie shirtless

It’s not the easiest thing to find background information on some of the French players so I’ll let the picture of Jonathan Pélissié from Top 14 club Grenoble speak for itself.     Player Stats DOB: 06/06/1988 Height: 1.79m Position: Prop Club: Grenoble

Top 14 Round-up

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Toulon star Jonny Wilkinson slumped off injured as Toulon pulled off a heart stopping  19-19 draw in their Top 14 match away at Stade Francais.   Pascal Pape’s 48th minute try looked like being the difference between the two sides in a tough-fought match.  Wilkinson had scored two penalties before his replacement in the 24th […]

Encore Plus Prés (Getting Even Closer)

France's rugby players Julien Bonnaire (front) and Thierry Dusautoir (back) sign autographs for fans as they arrive with their team mates at the Charles de Gaulle Airport

One of the big differences between French and English rugby besides the French flair on the pitch, is for me, the absence of arrogance and as an extension of that, and the accessibility the players give to their public. This also sets them apart from professional soccer players who seem, in the main, to play […]

Mourad Boudjellal to appeal 130 day ban

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Outspoken Toulon owner and club president Mourad Boudjellal said on Saturday he would appeal the 130-day ban handed down to him after using lurid language to describe the level of refereeing in a recent Top 14 game. Boudjellal made the remarks on January 8 following Toulon’s defeat at Clermont, claiming his side had been “sodomised […]

Money can’t buy loyalty

Pile of Money

Win, lose, or draw it never used to matter what the result of a game was.  In France and the top 14 competition, it now seems to be win win win…. Or you’re fired!   This is what it seems like to me, especially after Jean-Pierre Elissalde’s brief reign as coach of struggling French Top […]

Andrew Sheridan in talks with Toulon

Andrew Sheridan

England’s Andrew Sheridan has entered talks with Toulon. The Telegraph reports that Sheridan met with Toulon manager Bernard Laporte in Paris on Tuesday this week and then visited the club on Wednesday. A move to Toulon in France could end Sheridan’s international career, as the RFU have a policy of only calling up foreign based […]

Vive Toulon!

Jonny Wilkinson retires from England jersey

Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon kept themselves in the driving seat for an Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final place with a 29-10 victory over fellow French side Lyon at the Stade Felix Mayol. The England world cup winner, who was captain for this game, only missed one kick throughout the duration of the game.  This helped Toulon secure […]

Gareth Delve linked with move to Toulon

Gareth Delve running out for the Rebelsn

Welsh international flanker Gareth Delve who currently plays for (and is a favourite of) the Melbourne Rebels, could join Toulon (RCT) next season.   According to La Provence the negotiations are well under way with RCT actively recruiting behind the scenes.  Delve has links to the club through current forwards coach Olivier Azam, whom he played […]

Henson shimmies to France

Gavin Henson in Wales jersey

Gavin Henson looks set to join French club Toulon after it was revealed that he has been granted a release from his contract with English club Saracens just six weeks after returning to rugby. Saracens released a brief statement early this morning (Australian time) confirming Henson’s request to be released from his contract and their […]