# French Rugby

Last year
# Shock
France star Vakatawa forced to retire from rugby aged 30
The talismanic back has been forbidden from continuing his professional career in France on medical grounds.
# Shock
Nakosi sparks crucial score as Castres upset rivals Toulouse to reach Top 14 final
They will face either Bordeaux-Begles or Montpellier in the final after tonight’s 24-18 victory over the reigning champions.
All time
# le fils prodigue
Michalak looking forward to 'element of madness' as he leaves Sydney Roosters to reunite with Toulon
The former out-half will return to Toulon in December in charge of ‘individual player development’, the French club announced on Monday.
# French Rugby
Premier Sports to show live Top 14 action from this weekend after securing rights for Ireland and UK
The coverage will begin with four live matches and a highlights show.
# Covid-19
Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places
EPCR is considering reformatting the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for next season.
# no dice
'I have an amount of work to do here' - O'Gara dismisses reports linking him to France national team
Reports suggested the Munster legend would join Jacques Brunel’s backroom staff for the World Cup.
# succession plan
Next France coach will be chosen before World Cup says Les Bleus rugby chief, Laporte
He also commented on stories linking Ronan O’Gara to the French backroom staff.
# initiative
French rugby set to trial revolutionary tackle law changes
World Rugby chief executive officer Brett Gosper says outcomes could be released in 12 months’ time.
French rugby hit by fourth death in eight months
Nathan Soyeux passed away in Dijon on Sunday, having been admitted to hospital after an adverse reaction to a tackle in a match.
French second division rugby player dies
Louis Fajfrowski, 21, died in the changing room of his club Aurillac.
# Party people
Eight French players dumped from Six Nations squad escape further punishment
However, the FFR said that after-match activities will be more tightly controlled from now on.
# mads
Madigan gears up for demands of gruelling French season
Madigan came off the bench for Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday night in Toulouse.
# close shaves
Nail-biting: 3 times Ireland have been involved in Six Nations final day deciders
Ireland have mixed experiences when it comes to the Six Nations being decided on points difference
# oh la la
5 memorable reasons to love French rugby courtesy of Rugby HQ
We’ve always had a soft spot for some flair from Les Bleus.
# French Rugby
Sky Sports land five-year deal to show Top 14 rugby from next season
The British broadcaster previously tied up a deal to show the Pro12 from September onwards.
# KO
Chabal handed 3-week ban for knockout punch
The former French star could have faced a 12-month suspension.
# pro div 2
VIDEO: Chabal gets smashed, gets angry in French second division
All together now, OOOOHHH!
# Top 14
Wilkinson wins out in French battle with Sexton
European champions Toulon eased to a 41-14 victory over Racing Metro.
# Obvious
Harinordoquy: 'I felt [Lièvremont] was lost'
The back row dynamo has come out swinging against France’s maverick coach in his first major interview since the Rugby World Cup.