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RugbyU: Castres stun Toulon to win French Top 14 title

Castres captain Remi Tales emulated opposite number Jonny Wilkinson by knocking over two late drop goals to guide Castres to a stunning 19-14 upset of European champions Toulon in the French Top 14 final at the Stade de France on Saturday. Tales' scores stopped a Toulon fightback in its tracks after South African scrum-half Rory Kockott's stroke of inspiration had put the underdogs in front at half-time.

RugbyU: Top 14 play-off results

Top 14 play-off result on Friday: At Toulouse Toulouse 33 Racing-Metro 19 Saturday, May 11: At Castres Castres v Montpellier Semi-finals Friday, May 24 At Nantes Toulon v Toulouse Saturday, May 25: Clermont v Castres/Montpellier Final Stade de France Saturday, June 1 afp

RugbyU: Top 14 play-off result

Top 14 play-off result on Saturday: At Castres Castres 25 Montpellier 12 Played Friday At Toulouse Toulouse 33 Racing-Metro 19 Semi-finals Friday, May 24 At Nantes Toulon v Toulouse Saturday, May 25: Clermont v Castres Final Stade de France Saturday, June 1 afp

RugbyU: Top 14 play-off schedule

Top 14 play-off schedule which gets underway on Friday: Friday, May 10: At Toulouse Toulouse v Racing-Metro Saturday, May 11: At Castres Castres v Montpellier Semi-finals Friday, May 24 At Nantes Toulon v Toulouse/Racing-Metro Saturday, May 25: Clermont v Castres/Montpellier Final Stade de France Saturday, June 1 afp

RugbyU: Play-off picture set to be cleared up

Both may have already secured a Top 14 play-off berth but home advantage will be at stake when Racing-Metro host Castres at the Stade Colombes on Saturday. Parisians Racing currently sit fifth in the Top 14 table, one place below Castres, knowing they must leapfrog their weekend visitors in order to gain the benefit of playing at home when the play-offs begin a week later.

RugbyU: Toulouse sign trio of fresh faces

Defending French rugby champions Toulouse announced on Saturday the signing of three players for next season. Jean-Michel Rancoule, head of recruiting for the French giants, revealed that Iosefa Tekori and Jean-Pascal Barraque had signed from Top 14 rivals Castres and Biarritz respectively, while 18-year-old Yacouba Camara had also joined on a three-year contract from second-tier (Pro D2) side Massy. Toulouse, who are bidding for a third successive French title, are also in talks with other players including Castres' 26-year-old South African scrum-half Rory Kockott.

French soldier arrested in Toulouse shooter probe

A serving French soldier was arrested Wednesday for questioning in connection with a hunt for accomplices of Mohamed Merah, the Islamist gunman who killed seven people in southwestern France last year. The soldier was picked up at his barracks in the southern town of Castres on Wednesday morning, police sources said. His arrest follows the detention for questioning late Tuesday of two other men. Three of Merah's victims were French paratroopers, whom he said he had targeted because of France's involvement in the NATO intervention in Afghanistan.

RugbyU: Castres add Jooste to back row

Castres signed South African back-row forward Wessel Jooste as emergency cover on Tuesday with both regular starters Pedrie Wannenburg and Yannick Caballero out injured. Jooste, 29, already has Top 14 experience with Bourgoin, where he played for seven seasons, and in England with Leicester Tigers. Castres called on Jooste -- who trained with the high-flying Top 14 outfit on Tuesday and could feature in Friday's home game against leaders Toulon -- with Wannenburg out for the season and Caballero out of contention with a knee injury.

RugbyU: I'm South African but my heart is French - Claassen

South African born Antonie Claassen insisted that despite criticism of his being selected for France's squad for the Six Nations match with England his heart belonged to the French. The 28-year-old flanker, who moved to France in 2007, first playing for Brive before moving to Castres, was a surprise pick by coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Monday. However, Saint-Andre, desperate to get France off the mark after two defeats, against Italy and France, and stave off talk about a first wooden spoon for the French since 1957, opted for the highly-rated South African.

RugbyU: Saint-Andre delivers a surprise with Claassen pick

South African-born flanker Antonie Claassen on Monday was called up by coach Philippe Saint-Andre for the 23-strong French squad to prepare for the Six Nations match against England at Twickenham on February 23. Claassen was one of five changes to the squad that went down 16-6 to Wales at the Stade de France on Saturday leaving France winless after two games and bottom of the Six Nations standings. Others to be called up were prop Thomas Domingo, lock Christophe Samson, flanker Yannick Nyanga and winger Vincent Clerc.
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