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Mar 4, 2015

Top 14 pressures hurting France, says technical director

PARIS (Reuters) – France are going through another tough Six Nations campaign because the Top 14 league takes too much space in the rugby landscape, according to the French federation’s technical director.

Speaking to Reuters, Didier Retiere, who was assistant coach when Les Bleus reached the World Cup final in 2011, believes however than France could perform well again on the biggest stage later this year.

Mar 4, 2015

Rugby-Top 14 pressures hurting France, says technical director

PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – France are going through another tough Six Nations campaign because the Top 14 league takes too much space in the rugby landscape, according to the French federation’s technical director.

Speaking to Reuters, Didier Retiere, who was assistant coach when Les Bleus reached the World Cup final in 2011, believes however than France could perform well again on the biggest stage later this year.

Feb 28, 2015

France not a great team anymore, Saint-Andre says

PARIS (Reuters) – France coach Philippe Saint-Andre admitted that Les Bleus were “not a great team” after their 20-13 home defeat by Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.

France looked convincing in November as they beat Australia at the Stade de France before narrowly losing to Argentina but they were short of ideas against the Welsh.

Feb 28, 2015

Rugby-France not a great team anymore, Saint-Andre says

PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – France coach Philippe Saint-Andre admitted that Les Bleus were “not a great team” after their 20-13 home defeat by Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.

France looked convincing in November as they beat Australia at the Stade de France before narrowly losing to Argentina but they were short of ideas against the Welsh.

Feb 28, 2015

Terrible France down and out against Wales

PARIS (Reuters) – France suffered their second defeat in three in this season’s Six Nations as Wales rekindled their title hopes with a 20-13 win in Paris on Saturday.

The hosts, who still have to travel to Italy and England, lie fourth in the table behind third-placed Wales, who next host champions Ireland on March 14.

Feb 28, 2015

Rugby-Terrible France down and out against Wales

PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – France suffered their second defeat in three in this season’s Six Nations as Wales rekindled their title hopes with a 20-13 win in Paris on Saturday.

The hosts, who still have to travel to Italy and England, lie fourth in the table behind third-placed Wales, who next host champions Ireland on March 14.

Feb 21, 2015

The truth will be ugly, Cookson says as CIRC report looms

ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) – Cycling should be ready to face an uncomfortable truth when the sport’s Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) publishes its report in the coming weeks, said the president of the governing body.

“We’ve committed to publishing the report they give us and we’re not going to get into a (soccer governing body) FIFA type situation of arguing about the report,” International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson told reporters at the track cycling world championships.

Feb 20, 2015

Pervis strikes gold again on home track

ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) – Francois Pervis showed he has no equal when it comes to racing over one kilometre as he became the first rider in 14 years to scoop a hat-trick of time trial titles at the track cycling world championships on Friday.

A day after successfully defending his keirin title, Pervis held off his challengers by a whisker to pick up his third successive time trial gold.

Feb 20, 2015

Doping in decline so technology now matters: Vaughters

MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) – Years of scepticism toward scientific and technological innovation have been wiped out recently as cycling has been recovering from major drugs scandals, according to former professional rider and now team manager Jonathan Vaughters.

American Vaughters, a former team mate of Lance Armstrong’s who admitted to doping during his career, launched Slipstream Sports in 2005 and Garmin-Chipotle — now Cannondale-Garmin after a merger with the Italian team. They started in the elite in 2008 on a strong anti-doping stance.

Feb 18, 2015

Luiz midfield option a qualified success for PSG

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc’s decision to field David Luiz in an unusual midfield position largely paid off on Tuesday in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

It was when he went back into the defence that PSG suffered.

PSG fell behind in the 36th minute after Branislav Ivanovic escaped from Luiz’s attention to head Chelsea in front, but Edinson Cavani levelled early in the second half as the hosts played higher up the pitch.

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      "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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