Toulouse

  • Botha Wins Legal Battle With Agent

    Former Toulouse hooker Gary Botha has won his legal battle against his former agent, Christian Abt of ABC Sports Management, after Abt claimed one million Rand in damages from Botha. The dispute arose after Botha negotiated a move to Toulouse himself, instead of Abt taking care of the deal for him. To read the full story visit South Africa's Indepedent Online here....

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  • Toulouse Set To Join League 1

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has revealed that French side Toulouse Olympique XIII will be joining Kingstone Press League 1 for the 2016 season. The current French champions will make the competition a 15-team league, which will mean a new system whereby each team has a bye round during the course of the season, and will also enter the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in Round Three but will not compete in the iPro Sport Cup. Toulouse played in the old Co-Operative Championship between 2009 and 2011 a...

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  • Nike Ends Toulouse Deal After 23 Years

    Nike has opted to call time on its current kit supply deal with Top 14 side Toulouse at the end of this season after partnering the club for 23 years and reports have indicated that the sportswear giant could be pulling out of rugby completely. That would have implications for Saracens but sources close to Nike have told Running Rugby that each sponsorship agreement is judged on its own merits and it is unlikely that the firm will pull out of every single involvement it has in the sport. Nike cu...

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  • Toulouse and Racing To Play Exhibition In Hong Kong

    Toulouse and Racing Metro 92 are to become the first French sides to play an exhibition match in Hong Kong. Natixis and Team One Asia, along with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, will present the match as the Natixis Rugby Cup Hong Kong 2013 on 9 November in Hong Kong at the 8,000 capacity Aberdeen Stadium. Team One Asia will be promoting the match and company director Jean-Baptiste Aldigé has a clear vision to bring the strongest French teams from the "best rugby club championship in the...

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  • Airton Risk Picks The Likely Champions Of Europe

    ... teams and brands, has released probability statistics for the European Champions Cup after the first (incomplete) round of fixtures. Toulon at 26.67% probability are shown as favourites, followed by Clermont (25%), Saracens (12.5%), Racing Metro (9%), Toulouse, Northampton and Munster (all 6.67%). Airton produce probability lists at each stage of the tournament to allow club clients to hedge against the risk of paying out win bonuses. David Lyons is associate director of sports risk management...

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  • The Value of a Heineken Cup Quarter Final

    ... And clearly, this is just one of the reasons why clubs are so ambitious to reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.” Heineken Cup quarter finals: (1) Munster Rugby v Ulster Rugby (8) (2) Leinster Rugby v Cardiff Blues (7) (3) Edinburgh Rugby v Toulouse (6) (4) Saracens v ASM Clermont Auvergne (5) There were new Heineken Cup Pool attendance highs in Italy (Round 1 Aironi Rugby v Leicester Tigers – 8,151), England (Rd 3 Saracens v Ospreys - 41,063), Ireland (Rd 4 Leinster Rugby v Bath R...

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  • Heineken Cup facts

    ... played at San Sebastian in Spain, Munster at Lansdowne Road, Leicester at the Walkers Stadium etc. That trend has now moved into the Pool stages. This season Cardiff moved their match against Gloucester to the Millennium Stadium, (attendance 27,114) Toulouse moved their fixture with Bath to Le Stadium (attendance 32,000), Stade Francais hosted Harlequins at the Stade de France (76,569), and Wasps will be taking on Leinster at Twickenham in Round 5.   Financial   Wales benefited to the tune o...

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  • Top 14 Budgets Up By 8% For New Season

    Budgets for the French Top 14 clubs for the upcoming season are up by more than eight per cent compared to last year, with a combined budget of almost €300m. Figures released by Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) earlier this week show Toulouse to have the largest overall operating budget in the division with €35m and they have strengthened their squad over the summer by signing the likes of fly-half Toby Flood, prop Neemia Tialata, hooker Corey Flynn, No.8 Imanol Harinordoquy and winger Alexis...

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  • The Boss - Gerry Kelly, Connacht

    ... the-then Celtic League. Leinster winning the 2011 Heineken Cup Final created the opening for Connacht to be handed a seat at the top table. The Heineken Cup debut is the fulfilment of a long-held dream for Kelly, and the grouping with four-time champions Toulouse and English giants Gloucester and Harlequins was the icing on the cake. “I was at the draw and was afraid to say that it was Toulouse that we wanted for fear of putting the mockers on it!” admits Kelly. “I think 90% of the small...

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  • Zebre Rename Stadium

    ... Parma in 1925, he wore the shirt of Rugby Parma from 1946 to 1950, winning the Italian league in his final year. He then moved to France and sealed his place in FC Grenoble history by scored the title-winning try in the 1954 final against US Cognac in Toulouse. His deeds are still remembered by a statue placed outside the headquarters of the French club.  Lanfranchi holds the second longest ever Italian international career - overtaken last year by Mauro Bergamasco. He played for 15 years in t...

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