TOP 14: rugby news, live matches, transfers

Union Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Rochelais

UBB hosts La Rochelle in a real shock on the 23rd day of Top 14. In Chaban-Delmas, the Bordelo-Béglais will line up a dream three-quarter line. The Rochelais will travel with…

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Toulon
Lyon LOU

Toulon welcomes Lyon to Mayol on Saturday, for the 23rd day of Top 14. Marius Domon will be placed at the back while Le Corvec starts. For Lou, Semi Radradra will be at the center…

>>Will Skelton and his teammates are at a turning point in their season.
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Stade Rochelais

Widely favored at Brennus during the summer coaches’ poll, the very irregular outgoing double European champion is nevertheless having to work hard to ensure his qualification….

>>Jean-Baptiste Dubié, former center of the Bordeaux-Bègles Union.
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Union Bordeaux-Bègles
Jean-Baptiste Dubié

Jean-Baptiste Dubié said goodbye to professional rugby a few months ago. The former UBB center talks about his new life in Australia and talks about his future in Bordeaux!

>>Thomas Vincent, SUA flyhalf, is one of the best directors in Pro D2.
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Transfers
Montpellier
Pro D2

Despite SU Agen’s desire to keep its starting fly-half, Thomas Vincent should take charge of Montpellier next season, provided that the club remains in the Top 14.

>>The Perpignanais of Tavite Veredamu and the Toulonnais of Melvyn Jaminet, respectively seventh and sixth, will engage in a fight at a distance.
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Toulon
USA Perpignan
Union Bordeaux-Bègles

With four days remaining, our consultant, Xavier Garbajosa (former three-quarter of Toulouse and the XV of France) takes stock of the dynamics and forces present in the race to…

>>Alexandre Roumat and Toulouse could be the new leaders of the Top 14.
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Toulouse Stadium
Paloise section
Lyon LOU

The 23rd day of Top 14 begins this Saturday at 3 p.m. With four games remaining, all points are up for grabs at all levels. Stade Toulousain could be the new leader of…

>>Ugo Boniface during a match against Racing 92.
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Toulouse Stadium
French Stadium
Stade Rochelais

Four days, twenty points still on the table, seven teams fighting for four places: the final sprint of this Top 14 2023-2024 vintage promises to be more exciting than ever! The duel at…

>>Arthur Iturria with Rowing Bayonnais
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Injuries, returns or even suspensions, we take stock of the numbers of the different clubs at the dawn of the 23rd day of Top.

>>The Varois cheering each other on in Anoeta during Bayonne – Toulon.
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Toulon

Over the last six days, the Var have scored a total of 21 tries. Ten of them were scored within 20 seconds of gaining possession. A trademark…

>>Matthieu Jalibert and Romain Buros should be in the UBB starting fifteen against La Rochelle.
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This weekend the 23rd day of Top 14 is being played. Like every week, we invite you to discover the probable compositions of the fourteen elite teams. Here they are.

>>The Clermontois will have to recover from their defeat in the Challenge Cup semi-final.
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Olympic Midday
ASM Clermont

The Jaunards must return to battle after an intense match, but lost in the Challenge Cup semi-final. In Catalonia, the ASM knows that it will be warmly welcomed, and is preparing for it.

>>The return of Tom Staniforth is valuable for the CO's forward pack in the race for qualification.
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Olympic Midday

The Tarnais will have to deal with some key absences but should recover their Australian second line, Tom Staniforth.

>>Top 14 – Will Usap experience a golden end to the season, with qualification at stake?
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USA Perpignan

The Catalans will have the opportunity to definitively validate their maintenance by winning this Saturday against Clermont. The slogan remains unchanged, despite the inestimable victory brought back from…

>>Josua Tuisova has not played since the World Cup and could make his debut for Racing 92 this weekend, against Bayonne.
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Olympic Midday
Racing 92
Josua Tuisova

With the Paris-La Défense-Arena currently occupied by a pop icon, Taylor Swift, the Racingmen are moving this weekend to Auxerre… but with a great gift in their suitcases, named Josua Tuisova.

>>Top 14 - Frédéric Charrier is satisfied with the progress of his three-quarter line.
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ASM Clermont
Frédéric Charrier

Frédéric Charrier returned to the immense disappointment of his players after the elimination of Clermont in the Challenge Cup semi-final. The Auvergne three-quarter coach hopes that the Jaunards…

>>Matthis Lebel and the Toulouse residents have the opportunity to take the lead in the Top 14 this weekend.
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Toulouse Stadium
Mathis Lebel

This Sunday evening, Stade Toulouse welcomes Stade Français for the clash of the 23rd day of Top 14. Matthis Lebel expects a tough match against “the best defense in the championship.”

>>Blair Kinghorn will not challenge Stade Français this Sunday evening.
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Toulouse Stadium

Three days after their qualification for the Champions Cup final, Toulouse returned to training to prepare for the reception at the Stade Français, scheduled for this Sunday…

>>The manager of Union Bordeaux Bègles responded today, through his lawyer Arnaud Dupin
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Rowing Bayonnais
Union Bordeaux-Bègles
Yannick Bru

At the start of the week, Philipe Tayeb filed a complaint against Yannick Bru with the Bayonne public prosecutor’s office on the grounds of “intentional violence in a sports venue”. So far silent, the manager of the Union…

>>Union Bordeaux-Bègles announced this Wednesday the contract extension of its third line Pierre Bochaton
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Transfers
Union Bordeaux-Bègles

Union Bordeaux-Bègles announced this Wednesday the contract extension of its third line Pierre Bochaton. The former Bressan is committed until 2027 in Gironde.

The history of the Top 14

The Top 14 is a rugby union championship which has a long history in France. The competition was created in 1892 under the name of the French Rugby Championship and was open to Parisian clubs only. In 1899, the championship expanded to provincial clubs and was renamed the USFSA French Championship. Over the years, the format and name of the championship changed several times, but it became the Top 14 in 2005, with the addition of two additional clubs. The Top 14 is now considered one of the best rugby championships in the world, with world-class players, packed stadiums and highly competitive matches.

How does the Top 14 work?

The Top 14 is the main rugby union competition in France, bringing together the 14 best professional clubs in the country. The regular season takes place over 26 days, with each team playing a home-and-away match twice against each of the 13 other teams. At the end of the regular season, the first six in the ranking are qualified for the final phases, which take place in direct elimination, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final. The winner of the final is crowned champion of France. The points system is as follows: a victory earns 4 points, a draw 2 points, a defeat 0 points. In the event of a tie in points, the ranking is decided according to the results of direct confrontations between the teams concerned, then according to the difference in points scored and finally according to the number of tries scored.

The complete list of the Top 14

What is the Shield of Brennus?

The Brennus Shield is a French sporting trophy created in 1892 and awarded each year to the winner of the French rugby union championship. The name of the shield refers to Brennus, a Gallic leader who is said to have invaded Rome in 390 BC with an army of 70,000 men. According to legend, Brennus threw his sword at the weighing pan of Roman spoils, saying “Vae Victis” (Woe to the vanquished) when the Romans complained about the weight of the gold paid as ransom. The Brennus Shield is considered one of the most prestigious sporting trophies in France and is coveted by all French rugby clubs. The shield is made of solid silver and weighs approximately 15 kg. The names of the victorious teams and players are engraved on the shield each year, creating a legacy and history that endures through the years.

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