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Oct 28, 2015:  France were dogged by selection issues and the weaknesses of Philippe Saint-Andre in an abject World Cup campaign, and things are unlikely to improve while the club vs. country issue rages on.
Six Nations
Feb 24, 2015:  Martin Gillingham on the latest from France and why the national side can learn a thing or two from Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles
Top 14
Dec 12, 2014:  They were top four last year but both Montpellier and Castres have descended into turmoil. Martin Gillingham reports on their demise
Nov 14, 2014:  November. France against Australia. The World Cup just 10 months away. And on Saturday evening the bleu-clad faithful will traipse north from the centre of the capital up to Saint-Denis knowing perfectly well that whatever happens over the coming hours wi
Toulouse in decline
Sep 25, 2014:  Martin Gillingham looks at the slow decline of the once all-conquering Toulouse and their 'retreat into a laager of hopeless conservatism'
Top 14
Aug 14, 2014:  They might be sans Jonny, but the reigning champions are still the team to beat as the French season gets underway, writes Martin Gillingham
Top 14
May 1, 2014:  Martin Gillingham looks at the changing face of the Top 14 as Perpignan and Bayonne struggle while teams like Brive and Lyon are building
Top 14
Apr 17, 2014:  Martin Gillingham looks ahead to what he believes is the most remarkable ever climax to the league phase of the Top 14
Top 14
Mar 4, 2014:  Martin Gillingham looks at the state of play in the Top 14 and gives his take on the club versus country battle harming the prospects of the French side
Martin Gillingham
Jan 28, 2014:  With the Six Nations upon us, France boss Philippe Saint-Andre needs to cut out the excuses and the digs at the French Top 14 as he is already working on borrowed time, writes Martin Gillingham
Top 14
Jan 2, 2014:  The French transfer scene is heating up with clubs being linked with players left, right and centre. Martin Gillingham looks at the latest rumours from the Top 14
Nov 7, 2013:  "France have gone into reverse gear since their unlikely passage to the 2011 World Cup final." Martin Gillingham looks at the current state of Les Bleus
Top 14
Oct 8, 2013:  "Has there been a sharper and more dramatic decline in the professional era?" With Biarritz lying at the foot of the Top 14, Martin Gillingham looks at their demise
Top 14 Comment
Sep 10, 2013:  "Restrictive regulations on player recruitment has seen clubs like Toulon head for the Pacific Islands to spot talent." Martin Gillingham looks at the problems facing France
Top 14 - Season Preview
Aug 12, 2013:  "On their day, Montpellier are the most attractive side to watch, combining silky skills and a bit of mongrel" Martin Gillingham sets the scene for the Top 14 season
Jun 13, 2012:  Following the end of the Top 14 season at the weekend, ESPN's Martin Gillingham hands out some end of season awards to those who have shone and those who have struggled
Top 14 Orange Comment
Jun 6, 2012:  "For a British television audience there can be no better match-up for the French Championship final than Toulouse against Toulon." ESPN's Martin Gillingham writes
Top 14 Orange comment
May 30, 2012:  "On this side of the Channel the season is over but in France the Top 14 is reaching its climax." ESPN's Martin Gillingham previews the weekend's semi-finals
Top 14 Verdict - Part 2
May 23, 2012:  "So what have I made of the top six's seasons so far? And what are their prospects of going all the way to Paris and the final on June 9..?" ESPN's Martin Gillingham writes
Top 14 Verdict - Part 1
May 16, 2012:  "The Top 14 league phase has finished and we now know who has qualified for the play-offs and who has been relegated." ESPN's Martin Gillingham reviews the season
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