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Former Clermont star Abendanon makes retirement U-turn to join Vannes
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# Pro D2

Former Clermont star Abendanon makes retirement U-turn to join Vannes

Jul 12th 2020, 1:23 PM 6,030 Views 3 Comments

The English fullback will ply his trade in Pro D2 next year.

'This move happened at the right time but I got such a good grounding in Munster'
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# Irish Abroad

'This move happened at the right time but I got such a good grounding in Munster'

Jun 13th 2020, 10:00 AM 27,292 Views 7 Comments

Back row Dave O’Callaghan is a year into his time with French club Biarritz.

'I still don't regret coming home because I have had six great years in Ireland'
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# Jouez

'I still don't regret coming home because I have had six great years in Ireland'

May 19th 2020, 9:34 PM 41,780 Views 12 Comments

Robin Copeland has signed for French Pro D2 club Soyaux Angoulême XV Charente.

Connacht's Robin Copeland signs for French club on a three-year deal
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# Au Revoir

Connacht's Robin Copeland signs for French club on a three-year deal

May 18th 2020, 7:16 PM 13,881 Views 12 Comments

The 32-year-old will join Soyaux Angoulême XV Charente next season.

Top 14 suspended, putting Champions Cup quarter-finals in even greater doubt
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# Off

Top 14 suspended, putting Champions Cup quarter-finals in even greater doubt

Mar 13th 2020, 2:41 PM 3,897 Views 0 Comments

The suspension includes all collective training by the professional clubs in France.

French second division rugby player dies
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# RIP

French second division rugby player dies

Aug 11th 2018, 8:14 PM 67,729 Views 30 Comments

Louis Fajfrowski, 21, died in the changing room of his club Aurillac.

Stuart Olding signs two-year contract with French side Brive
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# New Club

Stuart Olding signs two-year contract with French side Brive

May 28th 2018, 3:02 PM 46,909 Views 0 Comments

The Irishman will link up with former Ulster second row Jeremy Davidson in France.

Perpignan return to Top 14 after four-year absence with big win over Grenoble
# Going Up
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# Going Up

Perpignan return to Top 14 after four-year absence with big win over Grenoble

May 6th 2018, 6:24 PM 8,886 Views 1 Comment

There was disappointment for former Munster hooker Duncan Casey in this afternoon’s Pro D2 final.

'I got a notion one time and I went to a hypnotist in Limerick'
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# Irish Abroad

'I got a notion one time and I went to a hypnotist in Limerick'

May 5th 2018, 8:00 AM 29,037 Views 17 Comments

Ex-Munster hooker Duncan Casey and Grenoble are one win away from promotion into the Top 14.

'The end goal for me is definitely to come back. Munster are still my team'
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# Irish Abroad

'The end goal for me is definitely to come back. Munster are still my team'

Mar 18th 2018, 9:00 AM 23,822 Views 2 Comments

Dungarvan RFC man Steve McMahon is in excellent form for Carcassonne in France’s second tier.

McMahon stars in Pro D2, Butler returns for Pau and all the exiles action
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# Irish Abroad

McMahon stars in Pro D2, Butler returns for Pau and all the exiles action

Mar 5th 2018, 12:47 PM 8,603 Views 1 Comment

Donnacha Ryan’s Racing 92 closed the gap to leaders Montpellier in the Top 14.

Mike McCarthy leaves Leinster for Racing Club de Narbonne
# On The Move
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# On The Move

Mike McCarthy leaves Leinster for Racing Club de Narbonne

Mar 6th 2017, 1:59 PM 10,846 Views 8 Comments

The 35-year old has signed on for two seasons.

Madigan's Bordeaux pip Coughlan's Pau and all the exiles' action
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# Irish Abroad

Madigan's Bordeaux pip Coughlan's Pau and all the exiles' action

Oct 3rd 2016, 12:50 PM 9,510 Views 19 Comments

Marty Moore was involved as Wasps continued their 100% start to the season.

Madigan helps UBB to victory, Allen scores and all the exiles' action
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# Irish Abroad

Madigan helps UBB to victory, Allen scores and all the exiles' action

Sep 12th 2016, 6:16 PM 11,424 Views 11 Comments

Donncha O’Callaghan is still going strong with Worcester Warriors.

Irish wing Gaston starts with Davidson's Aurillac on brink of stunning promotion
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# Irish Abroad

Irish wing Gaston starts with Davidson's Aurillac on brink of stunning promotion

Jun 3rd 2016, 5:42 PM 11,266 Views 20 Comments

The former Ireland and Lions lock has worked wonders in France.

Hanrahan at inside centre, O'Dea flying high and all the Irish exiles' exploits
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# Irish Abroad

Hanrahan at inside centre, O'Dea flying high and all the Irish exiles' exploits

Nov 30th 2015, 2:01 PM 18,098 Views 31 Comments

It was a busy weekend for the Irishmen based in England, France and Italy.

French reports say ex-Ireland coach O'Sullivan is close to Biarritz exit
# Unhappy Camp
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# Unhappy Camp

French reports say ex-Ireland coach O'Sullivan is close to Biarritz exit

Sep 11th 2015, 1:46 PM 7,073 Views 11 Comments

It’s believed the Irishman did not travel with the squad for this evening’s Pro D2 fixture.

These French rugby clubs were left playing 13 aside after a mass brawl
# Ballin' And Brawln'
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# Ballin' And Brawln'

These French rugby clubs were left playing 13 aside after a mass brawl

Aug 31st 2015, 10:20 PM 7,760 Views 4 Comments

Nobody likes to see this sort of thing obviously…

Narbonne fans ensure Jerry Collins will not be easily forgotten
# Collins Forever
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# Collins Forever

Narbonne fans ensure Jerry Collins will not be easily forgotten

Aug 21st 2015, 5:59 PM 5,604 Views 2 Comments

The presence of the man lives on.

'Are they doing as much analysis as Paul O'Connell? They're getting there!'
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# Irish Abroad

'Are they doing as much analysis as Paul O'Connell? They're getting there!'

Jul 5th 2015, 9:00 AM 13,437 Views 3 Comments

Cork man Elliot Corcoran is head performance analyst at Pau, who are preparing for life in the Top 14.

A former Leinster second row's team are one game away from promotion to the Top 14
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# Irish Abroad

A former Leinster second row's team are one game away from promotion to the Top 14

May 17th 2015, 9:10 PM 7,254 Views 0 Comments

Mark Flanagan’s Mont-Du-Marsan side advanced to the Pro D2 playoff final today.

Ex-Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan misses out on promotion to Top 14
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# Irish Abroad

Ex-Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan misses out on promotion to Top 14

May 10th 2015, 5:59 PM 9,476 Views 1 Comment

Former Leinster lock Mark Flanagan will be part of the play-offs with Mont-de-Marsan.

A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France
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# Cult Hero

A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France

Apr 29th 2015, 3:40 PM 28,394 Views 5 Comments

Jeremy Davidson has been working wonders on a low budget at Aurillac in the Pro D2.

James Coughlan may be joined by another All Black in Pau
# Irish Abroad
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# Irish Abroad

James Coughlan may be joined by another All Black in Pau

Apr 7th 2015, 10:20 AM 9,295 Views 9 Comments

Life is good for the Irishman in the Béarn.

After taking a year out, an All Blacks legend is returning to professional rugby
# Comeback
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# Comeback

After taking a year out, an All Blacks legend is returning to professional rugby

Jan 19th 2015, 6:53 PM 14,342 Views 2 Comments

Jerry Collins has been signed by Pro D2 side Narbonne as a medical joker.

James Coughlan's Pau lead Pro D2 after O'Sullivan's Biarritz lose
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# Irish Abroad

James Coughlan's Pau lead Pro D2 after O'Sullivan's Biarritz lose

Aug 31st 2014, 5:25 PM 7,989 Views 2 Comments

The former Munster No. 8 has had a good start to life under Simon Mannix in France.

Ex-Munster out-half Hickey a Master of the professional game
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# Rugbyman

Ex-Munster out-half Hickey a Master of the professional game

Jul 23rd 2014, 7:30 AM 12,599 Views 5 Comments

The 32-year-old is now in his third season in France, where he has continued to study alongside rugby.

Caucau eager to 'do beautiful things' as Agen confirm Fijian's return
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# Rups

Caucau eager to 'do beautiful things' as Agen confirm Fijian's return

Jul 22nd 2014, 4:13 PM 3,625 Views 4 Comments

The 34-year-old wing is back in France for one final challenge.

Rupeni Caucaunibuca set for return to French rugby at 34
# Magician
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# Magician

Rupeni Caucaunibuca set for return to French rugby at 34

Jul 14th 2014, 2:00 PM 5,810 Views 1 Comment

The Fijian wing will have to pass medical tests at Agen to secure his contract.

Eddie O'Sullivan's Biarritz given €400k dig-out by local authorities in France
# Soft Landing
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# Soft Landing

Eddie O'Sullivan's Biarritz given €400k dig-out by local authorities in France

Jun 23rd 2014, 3:18 PM 3,899 Views 0 Comments

Nick de Lucas and Iain Balshaws don’t grow on trees.

O'Sullivan's Biarritz make another smart signing in Philip van der Walt
# Transfer
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# Transfer

O'Sullivan's Biarritz make another smart signing in Philip van der Walt

Jun 18th 2014, 5:43 PM 6,873 Views 1 Comment

The South African No. 8 will join from the Cheetahs to replace Imanol Harinordoquy.

O'Sullivan's Biarritz pull off transfer market coups by signing Davies and Evans
# Additions
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# Additions

O'Sullivan's Biarritz pull off transfer market coups by signing Davies and Evans

Jun 10th 2014, 2:40 PM 12,333 Views 8 Comments

The former Ireland head coach welcomes an All Black and a Wallaby on board in the south of France.

Biarritz confirm all-French coaching staff for new boss Eddie O'Sullivan
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# Irish Abroad

Biarritz confirm all-French coaching staff for new boss Eddie O'Sullivan

May 27th 2014, 9:53 AM 5,695 Views 9 Comments

Benoît August and Pierre Chadebech will aid the Irishman in setting his structures at the Pro D2 club.

Irish hooker Fogarty misses out on Top 14 after Agen play-off defeat
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# Next Year

Irish hooker Fogarty misses out on Top 14 after Agen play-off defeat

May 26th 2014, 1:51 PM 3,785 Views 2 Comments

The former Munster forward and his teammates were beaten by a Sireli Bobo-influenced La Rochelle.

Former Munster hooker Fogarty one game away from Top 14 promotion
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# Irish Abroad

Former Munster hooker Fogarty one game away from Top 14 promotion

May 19th 2014, 6:13 PM 8,000 Views 1 Comment

There were Irishmen involved in the semi-finals of the Pro D2, Aviva Premiership and RFU Championship.

Eddie O'Sullivan is a head coach again with Biarritz in Pro D2
# About Time
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# About Time

Eddie O'Sullivan is a head coach again with Biarritz in Pro D2

May 15th 2014, 12:00 PM 13,444 Views 34 Comments

The Triple Crown-winning coach has agreed a two-year deal to work under Serge Blanco.

Westmeath to Mont-de-Marsan: A professional rugby road less travelled
# Green Giant
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# Green Giant

Westmeath to Mont-de-Marsan: A professional rugby road less travelled

May 3rd 2014, 9:45 AM 3,812 Views 2 Comments

Second row Mark Flanagan is thriving in the French Pro D2 after emerging at Leinster.

New French club rules aiming to increase attractiveness of play in Top 14
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# About Time

New French club rules aiming to increase attractiveness of play in Top 14

Apr 30th 2014, 3:21 PM 7,458 Views 5 Comments

Losing bonus points will only be picked up for finishing within five points or less of the winning team.

Round up: Irish players in France
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# Exiles

Round up: Irish players in France

Apr 14th 2014, 5:28 PM 11,340 Views 7 Comments

Seven Irishmen were involved in the Top 14 and Pro D2 over the weekend, while the Espoirs ready themselves for the play-offs.

Round up: Irish players in France
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# Irish Abroad

Round up: Irish players in France

Dec 22nd 2013, 5:03 PM 6,021 Views 3 Comments

Here’s how the Irish fared over the course of the weekend in the Top 14 and Pro D2.

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