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Sep 5, 2015

Proven World Cup pedigree boosts France

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s proven Rugby World Cup pedigree, an impressive warmup victory over hosts England and a favourable draw will all be factors in their favour at the 2015 tournament despite a deeply mediocre record under coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Since Saint-Andre, who will be replaced by long-time Toulouse manager Guy Noves after the tournament, took charge after the 2011 Cup the French have never finished higher than fourth in the Six Nations championship and were bottom of the table in 2013.

Sep 5, 2015

Picamoles could restore French power factor

PARIS (Reuters) – Louis Picamoles looked set to play second fiddle at the rugby World Cup, but the Toulouse number eight’s impressive return to form suggests he will have a huge impact on France’s game.

The powerful back row forward’s chances of even making the squad had looked slim after a lung infection sidelined him for four months last summer and a thigh injury kept him out of the Six Nations.

Sep 5, 2015

Veteran Michalak reclaims French flyhalf spot

PARIS (Reuters) – Less than a year ago, Frederic Michalak came close to retiring after yet another serious injury.

Now the leading French international points scorer is back at flyhalf in the national team at the age of 32 and determined to make an impact at his third Rugby World Cup.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Picamoles could restore French power factor

PARIS, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Louis Picamoles looked set to play second fiddle at the rugby World Cup, but the Toulouse number eight’s impressive return to form suggests he will have a huge impact on France’s game.

The powerful back row forward’s chances of even making the squad had looked slim after a lung infection sidelined him for four months last summer and a thigh injury kept him out of the Six Nations.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Veteran Michalak reclaims French flyhalf spot

PARIS, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Less than a year ago, Frederic Michalak came close to retiring after yet another serious injury.

Now the leading French international points scorer is back at flyhalf in the national team at the age of 32 and determined to make an impact at his third Rugby World Cup.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Proven World Cup pedigree boosts France

PARIS, Sept 5 (Reuters) – France’s proven Rugby World Cup pedigree, an impressive warmup victory over hosts England and a favourable draw will all be factors in their favour at the 2015 tournament despite a deeply mediocre record under coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Since Saint-Andre, who will be replaced by long-time Toulouse manager Guy Noves after the tournament, took charge after the 2011 Cup the French have never finished higher than fourth in the Six Nations championship and were bottom of the table in 2013.

Aug 29, 2015

Fekir’s hat trick helps Lyonnais beat Caen 4-0

PARIS (Reuters) – France forward Nabil Fekir scored a hat-trick on Saturday to help Olympique Lyonnais claim a 4-0 win at Caen and gain some confidence after a stuttering start to the season. Fekir scored both sides of the interval, finishing off good work from team mates Corentin Tolisso and Mathieu Valbuena as Lyonnais played some neat football.

Claudio Beauvue added the fourth goal three minutes from time.

The win put Hubert Fournier’s side up to fifth in the standings with seven points a week after a home defeat against Stade Rennes.

Aug 29, 2015

Soccer-Fekir’s hat trick helps Lyonnais beat Caen 4-0

PARIS, Aug 29 (Reuters) – France forward Nabil Fekir scored a hat-trick on Saturday to help Olympique Lyonnais claim a 4-0 win at Caen and gain some confidence after a stuttering start to the season.

Fekir scored both sides of the interval, finishing off good work from team mates Corentin Tolisso and Mathieu Valbuena as Lyonnais played some neat football.

Aug 13, 2015

‘Air Lavillenie’ set to take flight into Bird’s Nest

PARIS (Reuters) – Renaud Lavillenie appears to have overcome a mid-season wobble and is hitting the heights just in time for his bid to complete a collection of major pole vault titles at the world championships in Beijing.

The high-flying Frenchman holds the world record after clearing 6.16 meters last year and victory in China would add to his Olympic and world indoor titles as well as the European indoor and outdoor crowns he also owns.

Aug 13, 2015

Athletics-’Air Lavillenie’ set to take flight into Bird’s Nest

PARIS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Renaud Lavillenie appears to have overcome a mid-season wobble and is hitting the heights just in time for his bid to complete a collection of major pole vault titles at the world championships in Beijing.

The high-flying Frenchman holds the world record after clearing 6.16 metres last year and victory in China would add to his Olympic and world indoor titles as well as the European indoor and outdoor crowns he also owns.

    • About Julien

      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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