Paul Goze

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 Bordeaux-Begles’  Jean-Baptiste Dubie dives in to score  a try during the  Top 14  match against Clermont Auvergne at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux. Photograph:   Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The steering committee of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has confirmed that the 2019-20 Top 14 season, in addition to the ProD2, has been abandone(...)

Professional sport could return behind closed doors in England from June 1st, the UK Government has announced. Photograph: PA

An escalating club versus country row intensified in England and France on Monday with Premiership Rugby and Top 14 demanding a say in any changes to (...)

The Pro 14 has deals with nine different broadcasters, including Eir Sport, TG4 and Premier Sport, which is believed to bring in €15-20 million of revenue. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro14 tournament director David Jordan and the board of Celtic Rugby DAC are continuing to devise all manner of contingency plans to prov(...)

Joe Schmidt: will be trying to rebuild Irish confidence when the squad assembles at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Well, that did it. As if Ireland’s worst collective performance in European rugby for 18 years wasn’t bad enough, the loss of Marty Moore for the Six (...)

Clermont Auvergne training at Twickenham ahead of their European Champions Cup final against Toulon. They are hoping for their first European Cup victory. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Ultimately, the rugby won out, or at any rate the occasions did. The semi-finals may have been taut arm wrestles, but the sight of the Clermont player(...)

Mark McCafferty  announces changes to the Super Duper Cup format whereby English and French sides will henceforth have two extra players on the pitch, giving them 17-a-side.

JanuaryLeinster, Munster and Ulster reach knockout stages of the Heineken Cup but are all paired away from home in the quarter-finals. The Welsh regio(...)

New Zealand’s All Blacks flanker and captain Richie McCaw shakes hands with French rugby federation (FFR) president Pierre Camou.

In the latest development in the ongoing impasse over the future of European club rugby, the President of the French Federation (FFR), Pierre Camou, i(...)

Throughout the five stakeholders’ meetings, the Celts and Italians brought all manner of revised formats to the table, be it 32 or 24 teams, but Paul Goze of France’s LNR and England’s PRL’s Mark McCafferty (above) only wanted to talk about their proposed 20-team format.

Since the game went professional on August 25th 1995 there have been a few skirmishes along the way but it’s always felt as if we’ve been waiting for (...)

An ERC graphic at the Welsh and English Heineken & Amlin Cup launch in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inphjo

Despite repeated assertions from English and French clubs that their Premiership Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby representatives will not be atten(...)

While French clubs like Toulon and Clermont are likely to be on board  a Heineken Cup next year  could well be without the English clubs. Photograph: Inpho.

As a further shot across the bows of the game’s long-established hierarchy, the announcement by the Anglo-French clubs’ axis of the so-called Rugby Ch(...)

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