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The Top 14 is now very much in the home straight and decisions about play-offs and relegations will be made. For those with a chance of making the play-offs and those in danger of relegation, these are desperate times.
Former All Black star Jonah Lomu has claimed more than 550,000 euros in backpay and damages from his one-time French club Stade Phoceen, his lawyer explained to the labour relations board on Wednesday.
Toulon sporting director Bernard Laporte has been slapped with a 60-day ban by the French National Rugby League (LNR) for comments he made about the level of the refereeing during recent Top 14 games.
Legendary Wallaby openside flank George Smith will join Stade Francais until the end of the season, the French Top 14 club announced on Tuesday.
Former Perpignan general manager Jacques Delmas, sacked last November for "gross misconduct", is taking legal action against the club, sources close to the French Top 14 outfit said on Tuesday.
There was not a lot of upset in Round 20 of France's Top 14, unless you consider disappointing Perpignan managing a draw with mighty Toulon,. Biarritz eased their relegation anxieties with a win over Brive.
It's a big weekend with France playing England in Paris on Sunday. Of the matches for Round 20, the most likely to be closest are desperate Biarritz against Brive and weakened Toulouse against Castres.
In a way it was a disappointing round with top teams putting weakened teams into the field, for national call-ups in the case of Clermont and Toulouse, by tactical choice in some other cases. The Clermont-Toulouse score is silly.
France are playing this weekend and so are the Top 14 clubs, much to their chagrin. They missed out earlier for the Ireland match when it was frozen off and now miss put again when the postponed match happens. With just seven rounds to go, the clubs are getting testy as some try to end in the top six and others try avoid the bottom two.
Treviso substitute Gonzalo Garcia has been slapped with a one-week ban for foul play against Scarlets last week.
Wales hooker Huw Bennett said Monday he is to leave Ospreys and play for French top flight side Lyon next season.
Wales and British and Irish Lions loosehead prop Gethin Jenkins has confirmed he will leave Cardiff Blues next season to take up a contract with French club Toulon.
English flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson was ruled out for up to three weeks on Saturday after injuring his knee and ankle in Toulon's 19-19 French Top 14 draw with Stade Francais.
In Round 18 of France's Top 14, in a dramatic last minute Toulon won themselves a draw with Stade Français at Stade de France.
Desperate Perpignan beat desperate Biarritz 25-6 in a desperate match in Perpignan on Friday night.
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