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7dESPN Staff

WRWC: England, NZ cruise into semis

Defending champions England joined New Zealand in the semifinals of the Women's Rugby World Cup with a 47-26 defeat of the United States in Dublin.

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10dSean Nevin

Women's RWC: Pool stage permutations

The Women's Rugby World Cup is heading into the final pool stage games on Thursday, but what does each team need to do to make the last four?

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8dMarie Crowe

Can anyone upset England or NZ at WRWC?

The Women's Rugby World Cup is set for a dramatic pool stage finale on Thursday as six teams battle it out for four semifinal spots. New Zealand and England are red-hot favourites to progress.

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29dCraig Dowd

Law changes should provide speedier, simpler rugby - Dowd

World Rugby should be applauded for its looming law changes with the amendments set to simplify and speed up the game, which is a huge positive for referees and fans alike -- Craig Dowd writes.

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34dESPN staff

Law amendments set to shake up breakdown contest

The ability of openside 'fetchers' to dominate the breakdown could be a thing of the past, after World Rugby rubberstamped three new amendments as part of an overhaul to the game's laws set to commence next month.

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60dESPN Staff

Laporte backs Guy Noves after series defeat

French rugby president Bernard Laporte has backed Guy Noves to remain as coach of the national team despite falling to a 3-0 series defeat to the Springboks in South Africa.

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62dJohn Goliath, KweséESPN

Whiteley wary of unpredictable French

The French are unpredictable at the best of times, but probably more so going into a dead rubber.

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63dKweséESPN reporter

Dreyer to debut among four Bok changes

Hardworking prop Ruan Dreyer will make his debut for the Springboks on Saturday in the final Test against France in Johannesburg, while experienced scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and outside centre Jesse Kriel both return to the starting XV.

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63dNick Said, KweséESPN

Noves changes three for final Test against Boks

France coach Guy Noves has made three changes to his backline but kept his forward pack intact for the third and final Test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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66dKweséESPN Staff

French admit to doubts after heavy losses

Centre Gaël Fickou admits doubt has crept into the French ranks after conceding close to 40 points in two successive matches against South Africa.

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67dKweséESPN reporter

"Angry" Noves rued French mistakes in Bok loss

French coach Guy Novès is angry about mistakes made by his side in Saturday's second Test defeat to South Africa in Durban, but also admitted a "discrepancy in class" between the two sides.

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69dPA Sport

France reprimanded in HIA row

The French rugby federation has been reprimanded for failing to follow head injury assessment (HIA) protocols during the conclusion to March's RBS 6 Nations win over Wales in Paris.

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70dESPN Staff

France ring the changes for Durban Test

France head coach Guy Novès has made eight changes to his starting side to face South Africa in the second Test of their June series with captain Guilhem Guirado returning at hooker.

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71dKweséESPN reporter

Serin says France determined to bounce back

Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin says France are determined to show their critics a "different face" after being accused of playing a "rotten" match in the first Test against South Africa last week.

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73dAaron Tillyer

U20 World Championship: All set for seismic semis

With a mouth-watering semifinal against South Africa in prospect, England know they are just two games away from making history at the World Rugby U20 Championship.

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73dNick Said, KweséESPN

Kriel blow for Springboks

There is mixed injury news from the South African camp ahead of the second Test against France in Durban on Saturday.

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78dNick Said, KweséESPN

Boks banking on Loftus magic

South Africa will host France at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria in the first test on Saturday, a venue that even through times of trouble has provided them with home comforts.

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82dESPN Staff

Lopez out of France-South Africa Tests

France and Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez won't travel to South Africa and will instead undergo surgery following Sunday's Top 14 final against Toulon.

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84dESPN Staff

World Rugby U20: England off to a flier

England began their defence of the World Rugby U20 Championship by hammering Samoa 74-17 in Georgia.

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87dESPN Staff

France recall Plisson for Boks Tests

France head coach Guy Noves has recalled Stade Francais fly-half Jules Plisson for their summer Tests against the Springboks, while four players could make their debut in South Africa.

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93dESPN Staff

Whiteley named Boks captain for 2017

Springboks head coach Allister Coetzee has named Warren Whiteley as the new Boks captain as he announced his squad for the upcoming three Tests with France in South Africa.

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106dESPN Staff

Way-too-early predictions for RWC 2019

France to bow out in pool play? Ireland to finally feature in the last four? ESPN's global writers put their reputations on the line with these way too early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019.

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110dESPN Staff

UAE set to host All Blacks vs. France

A new 'Memorandum of Understanding' between UAE Rugby and the French Rugby Federation could see a historic Test held in 2018 between Les Bleus and the All Blacks.

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142dPA Sport

Six Nations authorities to further review France sub

The Six Nations Untoward Incident Review Group will take over the investigation into France's controversial substitution in the closing stages of their final Six Nations match against Wales.

2017 RankingsSix Nations

  • FRA4th
    TRIES SCORED 1st England : 16 Tries Scored
    ENG1st
    8
    16
  • FRA3rd
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st England : 65 Points Difference
    ENG1st
    17
    65