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RugbyU: French second-half spree sees off Italians

A devastating burst of 21 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half saw France beat Italy 30-10 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Sunday and record back to back wins for the first time since November 2012 Tries by Louis Picamoles, Wesley Fofana and debutant Hugo Bonneval -- all converted by Jean-Marc Doussain who scored 15 points in all -- saw France pull away from Italy after a dull first-half had seen them lead only 9-3 at the break.

RugbyU: French second-half spree sees off Italians

A devastating burst of 21 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half saw France beat Italy 30-10 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Sunday and record back to back wins for the first time since November 2012 Tries by Louis Picamoles, Wesley Fofana and debutant Hugo Bonneval -- all converted by Jean-Marc Doussain who scored 15 points in all -- saw France pull away from Italy after a dull first-half had seen them lead only 9-3 at the break.

RugbyU: French second-half spree sees off Italians

A devastating burst of 21 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half saw France beat Italy 30-10 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Sunday and record back to back wins for the first time since November 2012 Tries by Louis Picamoles, Wesley Fofana and debutant Hugo Bonneval -- all converted by Jean-Marc Doussain who scored 15 points in all -- saw France pull away from Italy after a dull first-half had seen them lead only 9-3 at the break.

RugbyU: Kockott named Top 14 player of last season

South African scrum-half Rory Kockott was voted Top 14 player of last season by his fellow professionals at an awards ceremony in Paris on Monday. The 27-year-old -- who beat Clermont duo French centre Wesley Fofana and former All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu -- sparkled for Castres last season with his league leading 376 points, Jonny Wilkinson scored 373, inspiring the club to a surprise run to the championship final where they beat European champions Toulon 19-14, Kockott scoring a try.

RugbyU: Fofana, Kockott and Sivivatu in running for Top 14 award

Clermont duo Wesley Fofana and Sitiveni Sivivatu and Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott are all in the running for the Top 14 Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season, it was announced Thursday. Top 14 organisers, the LNR (Ligue nationale de rugby), will bestow the trophy on October 21 after a vote by Provale, the trade union representing professional players in France.

RugbyU: French land wooden spoon despite beating Scotland

France landed the dreaded wooden spoon for the first time since 1999 despite beating Scotland 23-16 at the Stade de France on Saturday in their final Six Nations match. Second-half tries by Wesley Fofana and Maxime Medard saw them to their first win of the tournament, but a late try by Tim Visser reduced the margin and that left them rock bottom because of a worse points difference to Ireland. "We were controlling the game well but couldn't get points on the board," said Fofana.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Clerc boosts France ahead of England clash

* Double delight for Les Bleus * Fofana set for switch to centre (Recasts, adds quotes) By Julien Pretot PARIS, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Vincent Clerc will be back for France's Six Nations trip to England on Feb. 23, representing a double boost for Les Bleus who can now field a recognised wing on the right flank and move Wesley Fofana back to centre.

Rugby-Defeat to Italy was our own fault, say France players

PARIS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - France had no-one but themselves to blame for Sunday's shock defeat to Italy in their Six Nations opener, players and manager Philippe Saint-Andre said. "We dropped too many balls," flanker and former captain Thierry Dusautoir was quoted as saying in French media on Monday. "Italy were just better." "We lacked coherence," summed up Dimitri Szarzewski, while fellow hooker Benjamin Kayser concluded: "We are now in a bad position but that's our fault."
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