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Francisco Isaac

A trained historian by day, Francisco covers the Rugby Europe Championship for Rugby Europe, Rugby World Magazine, Planet Rugby, and Talking Rugby Union. He works closely with the emerging European nations, providing stories from countries such as Portugal, Romania, Georgia and Spain.

12 Articles
FEATURE
Analysis

The ProD2: Rugby's land of opportunity

The French second tier provides a vital platform for emerging nations talent to flourish.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
15 Apr 2024, 12:57
FEATURE
Interview

Passion, abuse and anxiety - the life of a 'Tier Two' referee

Top officials from Georgia and Portugal lift the lid on their eventful career paths.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
05 Apr 2024, 9:07
FEATURE
Analysis

Rugby Europe's finals day promises to be spectacle to remember

Houdinis and clairvoyants converge on the city of love as the Rugby Europe Championship culminates in style.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
15 Mar 2024, 5:27
FEATURE
Analysis

Portugal v Spain: History and controversy collide in rivalry for the ages

Clashes between the Iberian brothers always produce a rich and resonant backdrop.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
29 Feb 2024, 3:13
FEATURE
Exclusive

Can Romania awake from deep and disheartening slumber?

The Oaks have fallen a long way from the glory days of the 1980s, and face an uncertain future.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
26 Feb 2024, 13:11
FEATURE
Exclusive

A French club's 'Moneyball' approach to scouting Tier Two talent

Aurillac is going all-in on emerging nations youngsters - and their plan is working.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
09 Feb 2024, 3:39
FEATURE
Opinion

What next for Portugal?

Portugal stole hearts and made history at the Rugby World Cup, but their future is shrouded in doubt.

Francisco Isaac
Francisco Isaac
26 Jan 2024, 4:15
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