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May 14, 2015

Cueto bows out with ‘ghost try’ still a hot topic

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight years on from his World Cup final try that never was, former England winger Mark Cueto heads into retirement fully aware he will be asked about it “until the grave”.

“I personally don’t think about it. But I get asked every day, particularly in World Cup year. It’s a question I’m going to get asked until the day I die,” one-club man Cueto told Reuters ahead of his final match on Saturday for Sale Sharks.

May 14, 2015

Rugby-Cueto bows out with ‘ghost try’ still a hot topic

LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) – Eight years on from his World Cup final try that never was, former England winger Mark Cueto heads into retirement fully aware he will be asked about it “until the grave”.

“I personally don’t think about it. But I get asked every day, particularly in World Cup year. It’s a question I’m going to get asked until the day I die,” one-club man Cueto told Reuters ahead of his final match on Saturday for Sale Sharks.

May 2, 2015

Toulon’s globetrotters are an amazing bunch – Laporte

LONDON (Reuters) – Some have labelled Toulon the Harlem Globetrotters of rugby with big-name players who care only about money, but for coach Bernard Laporte the seam of rich talent at his disposal is made of are “amazing individuals” who put the team to the fore.

Toulon’s spending via comic magnate Mourad Boudjellal’s generous wallet has paid rich dividends with a third successive European title secured on Saturday.

May 2, 2015

Rugby-Toulon’s globetrotters are an amazing bunch – Laporte

LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) – Some have labelled Toulon the Harlem Globetrotters of rugby with big-name players who care only about money, but for coach Bernard Laporte the seam of rich talent at his disposal is made of are “amazing individuals” who put the team to the fore.

Toulon’s spending via comic magnate Mourad Boudjellal’s generous wallet has paid rich dividends with a third successive European title secured on Saturday.

May 2, 2015

Evergreen family man Williams savours Toulon success

LONDON (Reuters) – For Ali Williams, 80 minutes of blood, sweat and tears to help Toulon secure a third successive European crown was nothing compared to the effort his family put in to see the French giants triumph again.

With family members, including his tetraplegic dad Rodney, in the Twickenham stands after a 30-hour journey from Auckland, the All Black lock conjured up another age-defying display as Toulon beat French rivals Clermont Auvergne 24-18 on Saturday.

May 2, 2015

Toulon win unprecedented third successive European title

LONDON (Reuters) – Toulon’s class, big-match experience and the belief oozing through their expensively-assembled ‘galacticos’ helped secure an unprecedented third successive European title with a 24-18 victory over Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday.

Australian Drew Mitchell’s fantastic solo try, beating six men, 11 minutes from time clinched rugby’s inaugural Champions Cup final for Toulon who repeated their 2013 final win over their French rivals.

May 2, 2015

Rugby-Evergreen family man Williams savours Toulon success

LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) – For Ali Williams, 80 minutes of blood, sweat and tears to help Toulon secure a third successive European crown was nothing compared to the effort his family put in to see the French giants triumph again.

With family members, including his tetraplegic dad Rodney, in the Twickenham stands after a 30-hour journey from Auckland, the All Black lock conjured up another age-defying display as Toulon beat French rivals Clermont Auvergne 24-18 on Saturday.

May 2, 2015

Rugby -Toulon win unprecedented third successive European title

LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) – Toulon’s class, big-match experience and the belief oozing through their expensively-assembled ‘galacticos’ helped secure an unprecedented third successive European title with a 24-18 victory over Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday.

Australian Drew Mitchell’s fantastic solo try, beating six men, 11 minutes from time clinched rugby’s inaugural Champions Cup final for Toulon who repeated their 2013 final win over their French rivals.

Apr 30, 2015

Toulon and Clermont set to serve up Gallic feast

LONDON (Reuters) – European aristocrats Toulon stand on the threshold of an unprecedented third successive continental title on Saturday but in Clermont Auvergne, face a fellow big-budget rival desperate for a first major trophy.

The fifth all-French final since the competition’s inception in 1995 — revamped and rebranded as the Champions Cup this season — may not have been what organisers were hoping for at Twickenham but it undoubtedly pits Europe’s two best and most exciting teams in.

Apr 30, 2015

Botha ready for farm life after final Toulon hurrah

LONDON (Reuters) – He will soon return home to South Africa to focus on his family and his livestock farm but life after rugby can wait a few more weeks. Bakkies Botha wants to go out in a blaze of glory with Toulon.

With a World Cup triumph in 2007, three Super Rugby championships with the Bulls and two European titles with Toulon, not to mention Tri-Nations, Currie Cup and Top 14 honours — few can match the Springbok second row enforcer’s illustrious achievements.