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Gavin Mortimer Few Anglophone rugby writers have such an intimate (and painful) knowledge of French rugby as Gavin Mortimer. Having been gouged, butted and stamped during two seasons as a player in the deep south of the country, Gavin now prefers the more sedate pastime of writing about the state of the game in France. Over the years he's interviewed the likes of Bernard Laporte, Frederic Michalak and Antoine Dupont, and he also provides co-commentary for Canal Plus's English language coverage of the Top 14.

OPINION
Gavin Mortimer

Antoine Dupont: Can Les Bleus' GOAT inspire 2023 glory?

Antoine Dupont is already the greatest player in French rugby history. Can he keep his focus as the spotlight intensifies?

Gavin Mortimer

Break down the language barrier

It’s not fair to France that referees speak only English but will World Rugby translate that into action?

Gavin Mortimer

Rags to riches

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad has overcome a traumatic upbringing to become rugby's biggest powerbroker

Gavin Mortimer

The rise and fall of Toulon

The dynasty built by Mourad Boudjellal has crumbled since he opted out and it is a shadow of its former self

Gavin Mortimer

Baby Bleus widen Galthie's 2023 talent pool

France lost a tight series Down Under but there were enough longer-term positives to please coach Fabien Galthié

Gavin Mortimer

France's tour of hotel hell

A callow French squad prepare to embark on their grinding voyage to Australia

Gavin Mortimer

The empire strikes back

After a decade of decline, Toulouse are on the brink of a new era of European domination.

Gavin Mortimer

Bright Vannes man

Nick Abendanon is a shining example of how overseas players should adapt to life in France

Gavin Mortimer

French renaissance artist

Little-known coach Didier Retière has led the revival in France's fortunes

Gavin Mortimer

Singing the Bleus

For all France's development, they will not win the next World Cup without a top-class goal-kicker.

Gavin Mortimer

The French evolution

After a decade of turmoil, things are finally looking up for Les Bleus.

Gavin Mortimer

Fun and games

Bernard Le Roux has been given a new lease of life by France's youngsters

Gavin Mortimer

Love Islanders

Les Bleus are looking to Pacific territories for talent, but will it bring heartbreak for young players in France?

Gavin Mortimer

Seeing red

A rash of Top 14 red cards, has seen many French commentators call for more flair and less flare

Gavin Mortimer

French education

Gabriel Ibitoye left Harlequins for a new challenge and he's making headlines at Agen

Gavin Mortimer

Storm clouds gather

Bernard Laporte's arrest has led to claim and counterclaim to further muddy French political waters

Gavin Mortimer

Speed of light

A leap of faith has seen Cheslin Kolbe’s renaissance as a World Cup winner

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