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Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

I think the difference between Toulouse and Toulon is that Toulon has bought a squad of winners over 5 years, where as Toulouse have built one over 10 and bought in some glitter to put on top of it. I don't see the two clubs as comparable simply because of the time frame and the ratio of imported vs homegrown talent.

6 Months, 8 Hours ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

Unfortunately I think the result will be that the youngsters in French rugby simply won't exist, their's no international market for an 18 year unproven performer with potential, and there's no space for them in France, so they're going to have to give it up and get a 'real job'

6 Months, 9 Hours ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

The concern seems to be that clubs are using their incredible financial power to buy in established and developed talent from abroad or from less financially gifted clubs rather than producing and investing in youngsters so that they can grow and develop into the next generation of international stars. Because so many big name players are in the French club squads, there is no room for young up and comers to get a foothold in the professional game and are simply giving it up and will never move through the system to represent France.

I think English football is a crystal ball case for French rugby if they don't do something soon to reverse this system. Then again, I'm English, so if France become rubbish in 6 years time, that's fine by me.

I think there was a point made during last years 6N that in the whole top 14 there were only 2 French eligible wingers starting for their clubs, which somewhat led to the decision to play Fofana there.

6 Months, 9 Hours ago

Highlights from Day One of the 2014 Las Vegas Sevens

If you're right then that's a shame, he was fun to watch

6 Months, 1 Day ago

Highlights from Day One of the 2014 Las Vegas Sevens

It seems a shame to discuss only one player from that, especially one who already receives so much attention. But Isles appears to be developing into a genuine rugby player.

6 Months, 1 Day ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Football won't try anything unless it was their idea first, they are far too special for peons like us to help them.

6 Months, 3 Days ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

I like Barnes, if for no other reason than he is not afraid to make big decisions. We saw in the Sarries game on last weekend that some referees, and TMOs 'bottle it', in the words of Will Greenwood, when there's a big call to be made. Barnes never seems to be intimidated by the situation, as the 2013 premiership final showed.

6 Months, 3 Days ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Totally agree with you. Plus I think the higher profile refs become the more players can get used to their interpretations and style which should cut down the number of silly penalties that have to be given in the opening stages of matches

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

I read that in Nigel Owens' voice, it sounded better.

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Sky Sports Super Rugby 2014 Promo - The Sequel

Not even close to last year's.

6 Months, 6 Days ago

 
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