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Willy Billiard

After his first Rugby World Cup in Australia in 2003, Willy never stopped covering the world's biggest rugby competitions: men's, women's, XV, 7s, U20, senior, etc. As a journalist, translator and editor-in-chief, he was involved with launching RugbyPass FR, which aims to cover international rugby with the French touch.

26 Articles

Melvyn Jaminet suspended by France after video clip circulated

On Sunday evening, the French Rugby Federation decided to suspend Melvyn Jaminet from the France squad for making racist remarks.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
07 Jul 2024, 16:38
Analysis

What France U20 think of the Baby Blacks

The second match of the U20 World Championship promises to be a do-or-die affair for both teams.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
03 Jul 2024, 14:24

What Castro-Ferreira will bring to France U20s against New Zealand

The arrival of Stade Toulousain back-row Mathis Castro-Ferreira has shaken up the 23-man Bleuets squad that will face New Zealand.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
02 Jul 2024, 12:20
Analysis

Why France are the team to beat at Six Nations U20 Women's Summer Series

France will start as favourites when the inaugural U20 Women’s Summer Series, organised by Six Nations Rugby, gets underway in P…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
02 Jul 2024, 6:21
Interview

Bleuets vs. Baby Blacks: 'We're all eager to play the best game of our lives'

After their opening match against Spain, France U20 are eagerly anticipating a big game against New Zealand on Thursday.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
01 Jul 2024, 12:40

'We have to say it loud and clear': Antoine Dupont stands up against homophobia

In a cover interview with Têtu magazine, the France star reaffirms rugby's inclusive values as he talks about combatting homophob…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
18 Jun 2024, 5:44
Exclusive

Sharyn Williams: An unexpected debut for Australia and a 30-year record

For 30 years, Sharyn Williams held the record as Australia’s youngest female international rugby player—without even knowing i…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
12 Jun 2024, 9:31
Exclusive

Sergio Parisse uncovers exactly what he went through when retiring

As a guest on the BastaShow, exclusively on RugbyPass TV, former Italy legend Sergio Parisse talks about the difficulties of makin…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
31 May 2024, 13:07
Exclusive

Ex-Wallaby Speight on his short-lived Reds stint, Biarritz lifeline, and dream to coach Fiji

The Fijian, a former Australia international, didn't get the career ending he wanted in Biarritz. Now back in Brisbane, he is look…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
28 May 2024, 18:53
Exclusive

Kevin Rouet: ‘Winning wasn't necessarily the main objective’

In an exclusive interview with RugbyPass, Kevin Rouet, coach of the Canadian women's team, looks back on the historic victory over…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
22 May 2024, 8:08
Interview

France sevens head coach David Courteix: 'We have to look for luck'

France 7s Women's coach David Courteix discusses the reasons why France have yet to win a cup in the regular season.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
15 May 2024, 7:41

100,000 players: The ambitious target for women's rugby in France

The FFR vice-president in charge of women's rugby has a target of 100,000 players by 2033.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
26 Apr 2024, 5:53

France recall quartet for Grand Slam decider

France coaches Gaëlle Mignot and David Ortiz have made four changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s crunch Guinness Wo…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
25 Apr 2024, 6:29

Gabrielle Vernier: 'We're not far off an achievement' against England

Gabrielle Vernier has faced England nine times in her career. And never, never has the French women’s centre beaten the Red Rose…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
24 Apr 2024, 9:14
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Teddy Thomas' faith in 'cracking' successor to Antoine Dupont

The international winger talks about France's resurgence against Wales and their relaunch in the 2024 Six Nations Tournament.

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
16 Mar 2024, 13:38
Exclusive

Elusive Teddy Thomas opens up on media, attention and fatherhood

As a guest on BastaShow, the international winger spoke openly about his family, his doubts, his mistakes, and his aspirations. A …

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
13 Mar 2024, 7:48
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Why did Antoine Dupont wear number 25 in Vancouver?

Antoine Dupont arrived on the pitch at BC Place in Vancouver with the number 25 on his back. And that's why...

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
24 Feb 2024, 20:13

How the Springboks blueprint can help France and the Antoine Dupont situation

Pierre Dantin, a professor specialised in high performance, decodes the Springboks' formula for glory and France's under-performa…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
15 Feb 2024, 8:25
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French professor reveals exactly what high performance in sport is based on

Professor Pierre Dantin analyses the driving forces behind high performance in a third highly cerebral and addictive episode of Ba…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
13 Feb 2024, 11:55

Ex-British & Irish Lions flyhalf Stephen Jones joins Moana Pasifika

Stephen Jones, the former fly-half with 104 caps for Wales has been recruited for two seasons as assistant coach of the Moana Pasi…

Willy Billiard
Willy Billiard
26 Jan 2024, 11:53
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