Keyword: rugby

French rugby rejects hiring a foreign coach for national squad

In face of recent poor performances of France's national rugby team, more than 1,700 clubs across the country were asked whether they would accept the appointment for the first time of a foreign coach, to which a thumping majority answered 'no'.

Human traffickers 'used fake rugby tour to smuggle boys to France'

Once the boys arrived in France in early 2016 they were reportedly taken to a Sikh temple in Paris and stripped of their passports.

France awarded 2023 rugby world cup tournament

The World Rugby Council voted in secret ballot to award the France the lucrative role of hosting the sport's 2023 World Cup, the second time it will have staged the event in five cycles, beating previously tipped favourites South Africa and Ireland.

Club owner claims French rugby has cocaine problem

Toulon owner spoke after arrests of world rugby stars Ali Williams and James O'Connor for allegedly trying to buy cocaine in Paris.

France's national rugby team to end selection of foreign players

Newly-elected French rugby federation head Bernard Laporte said the national team is to end selecting foreign players who, under current rules, may play for France if they have resided in the country for more than three years and have not previously been selected for any other national team.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir quits international rugby

The Ivory Coast-born flanker, 34, who made 80 appearances for France and led the team a record 56 times, said to continue would be 'vanity'.

Ex-All Black captain Jerry Collins and wife die in road accident in France

The couple died after their car was in a collison with a bus near Beziers, close to Narbonne whose rugby team Collins joined in January.

France rugby team high on drugs in 1980s, claims new book

Journalist claims French players were on amphetamines during a famous, violent win over All Blacks in 1986.

French rugby star's dad joins in on-pitch brawl

The 62 year-old father of French rugby team forward Imanol Harinordoquy ran to the defence of his son in a brawl between Bayonne and Biarritz players.