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Apr 30, 2015

Rugby-Botha ready for farm life after final Toulon hurrah

LONDON, April 30 (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.

Apr 30, 2015

Rugby-Toulon and Clermont set to serve up Gallic feast

LONDON, April 30 (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 26, 2015

Overlooked Armitage would walk into England side – Botha

LONDON (Reuters) – Steffon Armitage is “world class” and would walk into England’s forward pack for the World Cup if they relaxed their policy of not picking overseas-based players, Toulon team mate Bakkies Botha said.

Back rower Armitage won the last of his five caps in 2010 and has been out of contention since joining French big-spenders Toulon from London Irish a year later.

Apr 26, 2015

Rugby-Overlooked Armitage would walk into England side – Botha

LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – Steffon Armitage is “world class” and would walk into England’s forward pack for the World Cup if they relaxed their policy of not picking overseas-based players, Toulon team mate Bakkies Botha said.

Back rower Armitage won the last of his five caps in 2010 and has been out of contention since joining French big-spenders Toulon from London Irish a year later.

Apr 24, 2015

Ironman McCoy peerless in world of hard knocks

LONDON (Reuters) – When Tony McCoy swings himself out of the saddle for the final time at Sandown Park on Saturday with a career total of more than 4350 winners unlikely to ever be surpassed, he will not ease into retirement with good grace.

Retiring after 20 successive champion jockey titles proved a decision that caused much angst and the Northern Irishman has often questioned his inner conscience since announcing in February that the remaining few weeks of the jumps season would be his last.

Apr 20, 2015

Rugby-Respect and admiration fundamental at Toulon – Mitchell

MARSEILLE, April 20 (Reuters) – Money buys you a squad of World Cup winners and internationals but Toulon’s ‘galacticos’ policy has worked because of the respect and admiration each player has for their team mates, said wing Drew Mitchell.

Some of the game’s finest players have been lured to the naval port by big-spending owner Mourad Boudjellal and his ambitious recruitment has paid handsome dividends with back-to-back European titles.

Apr 19, 2015

Laporte rallies floundering Toulon with halftime blast

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – Indisciplined, making mistakes and probably wishing Jonny Wilkinson was still in town, it took a halftime team talk from Bernard Laporte to lick Toulon into shape in their Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster on Sunday.

In a little more than half-full Stade Velodrome in Marseille, some 5 km along the Mediterranean coast from the naval port city, Toulon were floundering and a shadow of the sides that won back-to-back European titles in 2013 and 2014.

Apr 19, 2015

Rugby-Laporte rallies floundering Toulon with halftime blast

MARSEILLE, France, April 19 (Reuters) – Indisciplined, making mistakes and probably wishing Jonny Wilkinson was still in town, it took a halftime team talk from Bernard Laporte to lick Toulon into shape in their Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster on Sunday.

In a little more than half-full Stade Velodrome in Marseille, some 5 km along the Mediterranean coast from the naval port city, Toulon were floundering and a shadow of the sides that won back-to-back European titles in 2013 and 2014.

Apr 19, 2015

Toulon edge Leinster in extra-time to reach another final

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – Toulon’s ageing galacticos earned a shot at a third straight European crown after digging deep in extra time to beat Leinster 25-20 in a far from vintage semi-final at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

The big-spending team from the Mediterranean naval port will face fellow French giants Clermont Auvergne in the inaugural Champions Cup final at Twickenham on May 2 after an error-strewn match littered with handling mistakes in wet conditions.

Apr 19, 2015

Rugby-Toulon edge Leinster in extra-time to reach another final

MARSEILLE, France, April 19 (Reuters) – Toulon’s ageing galacticos earned a shot at a third straight European crown after digging deep in extra time to beat Leinster 25-20 in a far from vintage semi-final at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

The big-spending team from the Mediterranean naval port will face fellow French giants Clermont Auvergne in the inaugural Champions Cup final at Twickenham on May 2 after an error-strewn match littered with handling mistakes in wet conditions.