France comprehensively outmuscled world champions South Africa 20-13 to continue their 12-year home run of victories over the recently crowned Tri-Nations winners.The French win at the Municipal Stadium here was based on a steely performance by the forwards, notably in the scrum and at the breakdown, that will have their Six Nations opponents scrabbling for their video analysis.The Springboks repeatedly paid the price for ill-discipline, Morne Steyn and Ryan Kankowski both sin-binned as...Read Full Story
Leicester scrum half Julien Dupuy was called up by France for the first time Tuesday as 'Les Bleus' prepare for a three-Test tour in New Zealand and Australia.France play two Tests against the All Blacks in Dunedin on June 13 and Wellington on June 20 and one Test against the Wallabies in Sydney on June 27.Dupuy, 25, is the newest addition to Marc Lievremont's squad and should arrive brimming with confidence after helping his club to the English Premier League title last weekend.The former...Read Full Story
Stade Francais's French international scrum-half Julien Dupuy received a season-ending, 24-week ban for eye-gouging on Friday and will now miss the Six Nations.Dupuy was cited for gouging the eyes of Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris during the Irish province's 23-13 European Cup win over the Paris-based club in Belfast last Saturday.Although Dupuy and the club subsequently apologised for his actions, officials decided to hand down a severe punishment for what is regarded as one of the worst...Read Full Story
Stade Francais scrum-half Julien Dupuy's season came to a premature end on Wednesday when his appeal against a 24-week suspension for gouging was only reduced by a week, according to his club president Max Guazzini.The France international had received the original punishment on December 18 on being found guilty of gouging Ulster's Irish international backrow forward Stephen Ferris in their European Cup clash on December 12.European Rugby Cup, the organising body of the European Cup...Read Full Story
Stade Francais scrum-half Julien Dupuy will appear in Dublin on Thursday to answer a charge of gouging the eyes of Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris in their weekend European Cup meeting.Dupuy risks a minimum ban of 12 weeks if European Rugby Cup's disciplinary panel finds him guilty, the panel said on Tuesday.Images from the match showed Dupuy twice appearing to gouge Ferris, who required treatment. Stade prop David Attoub has also been cited.The two sides meet again in the return fixture in...Read Full Story
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