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Le French Rugby Podcast

Derby Drama, Century Celebration & Jack Maddocks

Season 3, Ep. 22

We're joined by Pau's Australian international full back Jack Maddocks to discuss derby weekend in the Top 14 after they beat Bayonne in San Sebastian, as well as chatting freak injuries, Eddie Jones, the Wallabies, the young uncapped France star who's English qualified and much more. Plus, we have a milestone to mark, we look ahead to the Champions Cup Round of 16 and we pick our MEATER Moment of the Week...

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  • 32. Joe Marchant

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  • 31. Castres' Champion & Super Saturday

    We look ahead to Super Saturday and a frantic final round of the Top 14 regular season, analyse the permutations and chat to Castres' Australian back rower Nick Champion de Crespigny about his French roots, Wallaby ambitions, contract situation, gratitude to Pierre-Henry Broncan, dream debut season, lack of Super Rugby recognition and much more. Plus, we round up the latest PRO D2 play-off action and discuss some wild transfer rumours...
  • 30. Manny, The Martian & Six Star Toulouse

    We're joined by Toulouse hero Manny Meafou to hear about an exhausting Champions Cup final win over Leinster, the nearly as tiring celebrations and how he's nailing fatherhood too as he introduces us to son Marcellus! We discuss whether Antoine Dupont's performance is the best ever in a final, if he's the greatest of all time, his new nickname of 'The Martian', Ugo Mola's influence and what makes Toulouse special. Plus, we discuss Manny's delayed international debut and initiation, look ahead to the penultimate round of Top 14 fixtures and assess the state of play in the PRO D2 play-offs...
  • 29. Reece Hodge

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  • 28. Big Ben

    We're joined by Bordeaux and Tonga prop Big Ben Tameifuna to chat about the club's Top 14 tilt, his journey from New Zealand to France, the World Cup experience, challenges for Pacific Island nations, law changes, the best scrummagers in the world and much more. Plus, we round up all the Top 14 action and discuss whether the play-off picture will become any clearer this weekend...
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