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Four newcomers in France’s Six Nations Squad

January 5th, 2007

France rugby coach Bernard Laporte has selected four newcomers in his 40-man squad for next month’s Six Nations tournament.
Centre Romain Cabannes, hooker Benoit August, prop Laurent Emmanuelli and fullback Anthony Floch were the uncapped players named.

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Six Nations Fixtures 2007

September 13th, 2006

The 2007 Six Nations schedule has been released. Italy start off the 2007 season by hosting defending champions France at Stadio Flaminio.

Irish stadium Croke Park will host Ireland’s games with France (February 11) and England (February 24), while Lansdowne Road is being renovated.
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2006 Six Nations Schedule

March 24th, 2005

Just as the 2005 Six Nations tournament comes to end, the schedule for next years competition is released. Defending champs, Wales, will start their defence by taking on England at Twickenham.

Ireland, Wales and France have the benefit of three home games, while the others will only have two home games.
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6 Nations round-up

March 22nd, 2005

The 6 Nations is over for another year, with Wales the deserved winners.

Due to their win over Ireland, Wales jump to 5th spot in the latest IRB World Rankings.

Reuters name their Team of the Six Nations, not surprisingly France and Wales dominate the team.

In a BBC online poll Wales flanker Martyn Williams is named Six Nations Player of the Championship. Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll finished second in the poll, with another Welshman, wing Shane Williams, in third place.

Scotland coach Matt Williams looks like he will be losing his job. While Italy coach John Kirwan is also under pressure to go, but wants to stay until the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Looking forward to the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, the 6 Nations results will have effected selection possibilities for coach Sir Clive Woodward. Most significantly how will the poor performance of England and the win by Wales effect the make-up of the team. Although he still seems to be hopeful that Jonny Wilkinson will tour.


France name unchanged team to play Italy

March 15th, 2005

France has named an unchanged starting side to play Italy in their last round 6 nations match.

Although French centre, Benoit Baby, could miss out if he is found guilty of violent conduct at a disciplinary committee hearing on Wednesday.

France - Julien Laharrague, Cedric Heymans, Yannick Jauzion, Benoit Baby, Christophe Dominici, Yann Delaigue, Dimitri Yachvili, Julien Bonnaire, Yannick Nyanga, Serge Betsen, Jerome Thion, Fabien Pelous (captain), Nicolas Mas, Sebastien Bruno, Sylvain Marconnet.

Replacements: William Servat, Pieter de Villiers, Pascal Pape, Gregory Lamboley, Pierre Mignoni, Frederic Michalak, David Marty.


Benoit Baby cited for headbutting O’Driscoll

March 15th, 2005

France centre Benoit Baby has been cited for violent conduct during the 26-19 victory over Ireland in Dublin at the weekend.

Baby head butted Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll early in the second half of Saturday’s game. At the time he was given a warning by referee Tony Spreadbury and Ireland were awarded a penalty.

The 21 year old Baby will appear before the Six Nations disciplinary commission. If he is found guilty of the charge of violent conduct he faces a ban of between six weeks and a year.


French team to play Ireland

March 8th, 2005

France has named their team for Saturday’s Six Nations championship match against Ireland.

Injuries have forced a reshuffle in the backline. With Ludvic Valbon coming in to replace Damien Traille who has a foot injury. Winger Cedric Heymans comes into the team for Aurelien Rougerie who is out due to a collarbone injury.

The starting forward pack remains unchanged from that that took the field against Wales.
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Wales comeback to beat France

February 27th, 2005

Wales cameback to defeat France 24-18 at Stade de France, Paris on Saturday. Wales are on track to record their first 6 Nations grand slam since 1978.

France lead 15-6 going into half-time after tries through scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili and winger Aurelien Rougerie.

Welsh flanker Martyn Williams scored two tries in 6 minutes after the break. This gave Wales an 18-15 lead.
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Former French captain dies

February 26th, 2005

Former French captain and coach Jean Prat has died aged 81 in a Tarbes hospital.

Prat, a flanker, won 51 caps for his country with 17 of those as captain. In 1954 he captained the first French team to defeat New Zealand.

He went on to coach France from 1964 to 1968.


6 Nations 2005 Schedule

January 1st, 2005

The schedule for the 2005 Six Nations competition has been released. All times listed are UTC.
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