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# Top 14

Last month
January 2023
# Family
'This is a career where you can end up in a one-bed apartment on your tod'
Ronan O’Gara and his family feel at home with La Rochelle in France.
# les maritimes
ROG, Ryan, and Dillane look to pile more pain onto Ulster
The Irishmen have made a home in the lovely seaside town of La Rochelle.
Last year
# French connection
O'Gara's La Rochelle waste chance at second in Top 14
ROG continued to watch on from the stands.
# Moving On
Dan Biggar to join Toulon after departing Northampton earlier than expected
Biggar is not affected by Wales’ minimum 60-cap selection criteria for players playing outside his country.
# Top 14
Ex-France lock Arnaud Mela replaces Jeremy Davidson as Brive coach
Ex-Ireland international Davidson was sacked after Saturday’s 45-7 defeat to Toulouse.
# Irish Abroad
'It has gone in the blink of an eye. English is nearly my second language'
Toulon forwards coach James Coughlan is heading into his ninth season in French rugby.
# Irish Abroad
O'Gara, Dillane, Arnold - Irish interest aplenty as the Top 14 gets underway
ROG and Donnacha Ryan are aiming for more success with La Rochelle.
# Transfers
Racing announce major signing of Woki and a Welsh rugby league convert
Regan Grace attracted interest from a number of English and Welsh clubs.
# Champions
Montpellier triumph to win first French Top 14 title
Philippe Saint-Andre’s side dominated from the off against Castres.
# Staying Put
Italy's Garbisi signs new contract with Top 14 finalists Montpellier
The 22-year-old originally had a deal until 2023 after joining the outfit from Treviso.
# Georgia on his mind
Georgia's Aprasidze sends Montpellier to Top 14 final
Montpellier will now meet Castres in next week’s final.
# Shock
Nakosi sparks crucial score as Castres upset rivals Toulouse to reach Top 14 final
They will face either Bordeaux-Begles or Montpellier in the final after tonight’s 24-18 victory over the reigning champions.
# Top 14
'We don't play for Christophe' - Bordeaux give coach the cold shoulder in quarter-final win
Christophe Urios had slammed a number of his senior players prior to tonight’s French quarter-final victory over Racing.
# The Warm Up
La Rochelle warm up for Leinster showdown with 19-point win to boost Top 14 play-off hopes
The French outfit also welcomed Will Skelton back to the squad after the second row recovered from a calf injury.
# Top Dogs
France's success underlines Top 14 dominance in Europe - Racing's Russell
Three of the four sides who have made it to the Champions Cup semi-finals are French.
# Wave Goodbye
'No regrets' as French full-back announces retirement
Maxime Medard has confirmed that he will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season.
# End of the road
Former France fly-half set to retire
Lionel Beauxis announced on Friday night that he would be hanging up his boots at the end of the season.
# Irish Abroad
'It was a massive opportunity but I knew it was a life-changer. I've no regrets'
22-year-old Cork man Eoghan Barrett has been making excellent progress with Pau in France.
All time
O'Gara's La Rochelle jump up to fourth in the Top 14 heading into 2022
Forwards coach Donnacha Ryan will have been happy with their 25-3 win over Lyon last night.
# Impact
Isa try helps James Coughlan steer Toulon out of Top 14 relegation zone
The former Munster player is currently temporary head coach at Toulon.
# Awards night
Dupont named Top 14 Player of the Year after leading Toulouse to historic double
The French scrum-half succeeds Cheslin Kobe in claiming the award.
# Top 14
Maiden Kerr-Barlow hat-trick claims first win of season for O'Gara's La Rochelle's
They beat promoted Biarritz at home on a scoreline of 59-17.
# Top 14
Toulouse thump Toulon in Top 14 to carry last year's form into the new season
Jiuta Wainiqolo tasted defeat on his Toulon debut.
# inches
O'Gara's La Rochelle suffer narrow defeat to rivals and defending Top 14 champions Toulouse
The sides contested two finals in a month last season.
# Top 14
JJ Hanrahan scores try in impressive debut as Clermont suffer defeat to Lyon
The former Munster man crossed over for his side’s opening score in the seventh minute.
# Sacre Bleu
Cheslin Kolbe moves from Toulouse to Toulon in blockbuster move
The South African had two years still to run on his contract with five-time European champions Toulouse.
# On the Move
Montpellier sign Italy out-half Paolo Garbisi
The 21-year-old joins from Benetton Treviso.
# Off to France
James Cronin's move from Munster to newly-promoted Biarritz confirmed
The 30-year-old prop left the province at the end of the season.
# Irish Abroad
James Cronin set to join Biarritz in the Top 14 after leaving Munster
The 30-year-old Ireland international is set for a move to France.
# Double Champs
Disappointment for O'Gara's La Rochelle as Toulouse win Top 14 final
Another final defeat for La Rochelle.
# Top 14
Former Munster back row Coughlan departs coaching role at Brive
The 40-year-old Cork native has spent several years in France.
# Wave Goodbye
All Black legend set to bow out in French Top 14 final
Jerome Kaino will make his final bow from professional rugby union when he leads Toulouse against La Rochelle
# like a fine wine
Former France star signs on for another season at Toulouse
Maxime Medard has extended his current contract, while two-time World Cup winner Jerome Kaino is to take over the club’s youth side.
Ronan O'Gara leads La Rochelle into maiden French Top 14 final
A 19-6 victory over Racing 92 tonight.
# Irish Eye
Zebo scores as Racing power into Top 14 semi-finals
After a derby victory over Stade Francaise, it’s La Rochelle up next.
# French Rugby
Premier Sports to show live Top 14 action from this weekend after securing rights for Ireland and UK
The coverage will begin with four live matches and a highlights show.
# big in france
Philippe Saint-André: Ronan O'Gara is doing 'an amazing job' at La Rochelle
The former France boss has been impressed by O’Gara’s coaching career.
# bittersweetnam
Debut for Sweetnam as La Rochelle beat Lyon but miss out on chance to go top
Ronan O’Gara’s side won 38-23 but didn’t collect the bonus point needed to go above Toulouse.
# Au Revoir
Top 14 side Clermont confirm the signing of JJ Hanrahan from Munster
The 28-year-old will move to France at the end of the season.
# Irish Abroad
21-year-old Irish wing Barrett earns new contract with Top 14 club Pau
The former Ireland U19 wing scored his first Top 14 try in January.