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Hard hitting number eight Chris Hala'ufia takes out streaker with big tackle

I'd be very interested in seeing the red card incident. I'm not a fan of pushing players faces in the ground, however a card seems a bit strong, especially a red.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

Oliver perhaps you've sort of put a good point across against your own argument.

"England team never had good results" - not a football fan so I will take your word on this...

English clubs are however flush with cash and foreign players... Has Englands football got any better? As much as I avoid football news, it's impossible to block it all, in a word I'd say no.. So whilst that may just be due to the fact that England were and always will be poor at football (I might be off in that statement), the influx of 'foreign' players surely can't help the matter...

I don't know Frances top 3 clubs, lets say Stade Francais (what an awesome kit), Clermont and Toulon - As I said above, what if they turned round and hired all the international All Blacks, the Saffas and the Aussies? (or whoever we feel is 1,2,3 these days) to fill up their spaces... Would you personally be passionate about watching a 'French' team with no Frenchman in it? Could you possibly see that those teams will get all the sponsorship, all the attention, and possibly all the glory.. what will happen to the 'lesser' teams?

I would agree that there is not one single answer/solution to Frances international woes. Certainly PSA has a lot to answer for, in fact all the French management over the last few years have. I don't necessarily believe that Toulon and their chequebook is a problem currently, but I can see why it could be a problem as time goes on and other teams feel they need to follow suit in order to compete...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Prop Brendon Edmonds finishes fantastic length of the field Highlanders try

Two wrongs don't make a right, but 0:00 you see Sharks players all lying on the ruck....

Seems the breakdown is still poorly reffed all round..

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

I'm with Dan. There are no sour grapes as honestly, I'm not bothered who won out of Clermont or Toulon.

Of course money alone is not the key to Toulons' success (it helped I'm sure), however in the long term it would be a shame to see consistently top Toulon field a team of say 14 'foreign' players and 1 Frenchman...

For instance, would everyone be quite so happy if Toulon became the All Blacks out of international games team? Rather than opening up the 'who is the best' debate, I'm pretty sure pinching their black jerseys and sticking them in a Toulon shirt wouldn't make them a weaker side and how passionate would the fans be then? You don't want the spots in the top teams filling up with foreign players so that the lesser teams are continually beaten and get weaker and weaker, therefore unable to train home bred youngsters properly.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

Can Mitchell play 15?

Agree with your back 3, I just don't know who would be better off where...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

It's alright Matt, by the way though, what is a 15 month old year old?

;)

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

I believe it's held by one of the big 3 SH teams following last year's Autumn internationals...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

hah!!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

I don't think the amount of French players explains anything in particular, it just interests me that's all...

Playing with better players around you does improve an individuals standard in my opinion, so maybe Toulon does have an increasing brunt due to the celebrity appearances...

Either way, I'm glad for Toulon, but I would definitely like to see France play better than their past efforts and thus reflect it in their club teams... But I suspect that their international performances are more down to their management (or lack of) rather than their club inputs...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

I can't see them on here, so I assume you're not referring to RD when you write:

"On a side note, pretty amused by the usual ignorant comments"...

It's not really a side note, but I don't mean it to be connected in a negative way, but which team had more French players?

2 Months, 5 Hours ago