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57dESPN Staff

What we learned about rugby's top sides this November

New Zealand were beaten, Ireland and Wales were not. England secured important results while Australia looked broken. ESPN looks at the key takeaways from this month.

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61dESPN Staff

France to wear rainbow laces in support of Thomas

The France rugby team will wear rainbow shoelaces for their game against Fiji this weekend in a show of support for former Wales captain Gareth Thomas, who was recently the victim of a hate crime

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74dSam Bruce

Power rankings: Rugby's best spines this November

Rugby is a team game, yet there are certain positions across the backs and forwards that have great influence over a team's success. We've looked at the spines for each of top 10 nations this November, rating them against their world rankings.

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89dESPN

Fofana, Le Roux ruled out for France

France's Wesley Fofana and Bernard Le Roux have been ruled out of the upcoming November internationals with injuries.

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109dESPN Staff

World Rugby announce new TMO trial

Following the controversial impact of the TMO throughout Super Rugby and the June Test series, World Rugby have announced a new closed trial throughout the November Tests series that will see a revised scope the TMO can play in a match.

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125dESPN Staff

Way-too-early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.

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157dESPN Staff

Former FFR president Camou dies aged 72

Former French Rugby Federation president Pierre Camou has died aged 72 after a long illness, the federation has announced.

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182dESPN Staff

Rugby World Cup Sevens in photos

San Francisco hosted the biggest rugby tournament yet staged in the United States, with AT&T Park the venue for the Rugby World Cup over the weekend. We bring you best of the action in photographs.

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217dESPN Staff

June predictions: Third Test team-by-team guide

The Springboks and All Blacks may have already wrapped up their series against England and France respectively, but the Wallabies and Ireland have plenty to play for in Sydney in the series decider, while England and France will look to regain some pride.

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215dCraig Dowd

Complex laws failing Rugby - Dowd

Complex laws created by World Rugby are almost impossible for referees to interpret, anyone who can understand all the laws of rugby must be worthy of some sort of Master's degree, Craig Dowd writes.

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217dESPN Staff

France claim maiden U20 Championship title

France claimed a maiden World Rugby U20 Championship title after they downed England 33-25 in a thrilling contest, while South Africa downed New Zealand for third and Australia beat out Argentina for fifth.

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217dESPN Staff

Judicial committee rescinds Fall's red card

Benjamin Fall's red card has been rescinded by a World Rugby appointed judicial committee after the committee deemed Fall's running line was altered after he was bumped by the All Blacks' Anton Lienert-Brown.

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217dAAP

Red card questioned by French coach Brunel

France are questioning the need to send off fullback Benjamin Fall following an incident that condemned France to defeat in the second Test against New Zealand.

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217dAAP

Contested high kicks perilous: Barrett

Beauden Barrett's "scary" plunge against France has left his All Blacks brother pleading for players to reduce the inherent danger in mid-air collisions.

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217dReuters

Barrett sent home to recuperate from concussion

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett and loose forward Vaea Fifita will not travel with the team to Dunedin for next week's third test against France due to concussion.

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221dAAP

France ring in changes, All Blacks untouched

France have pinned their hopes on club form after announcing five changes to their starting team for the second Test against the All Blacks, while the All Blacks have retained the same side that demolished France 52-11 in Auckland.

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222dGreg Growden

TMOs turning rugby into yawn fest - Growden

TMOs should be renamed TNOs (Tedious Nuisance Operatives) according to Greg Growden, after several refereeing and TMO decisions marred the opening weekend of mid-year international tests.

2018 RankingsSix Nations

  • FRA6th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Ireland : 20 Tries Scored
    IRE1st
    8
    20
  • FRA3rd
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Ireland : 78 Points Difference
    IRE1st
    14
    78