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South Africa's Women's side went down 2-0 to their French counterparts in an international friendly match played on Sunday, 22 January at Stade de l’Est Jean Ivoula in Saint-Denis, Reunion Islands. This was the second defeat for the visitors following the one back in 2009 where they lost 3-2 in their first ever clash.

As expected, the clash started at a fast pace with the home wanting to stamp their authority – and it was not long before they took the lead in the 8th minute through a Griedge Mbock Bathy goal. This after the South African defence was exposed.

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Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic have won France’s second Hopman Cup title tonight. The duo defeated Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe of the USA 2-1.

Gasquet saved a match point to beat Sock 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(6) in the men’s singles rubber before Vandeweghe posted a 6-4, 7-5 win over Mladenovic.

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The Springboks will welcome France to South Africa for the first time since 2010 when the two nations clash in three Tests next June.

It will also be the first series of three Tests against Les Bleus since 1967. The encounters are scheduled for Pretoria, Durban and Johannesburg as announced at the Cape Town Sevens over the weekend.

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The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018, 10 years after it was last held in 2008, the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, which will host the race has announced. Christian Estrosi said at a press conference on Monday that the event will take place at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet.

The decision was taken at a meeting in Geneva last Nov. 16 with the president of the Formula One Group, as well as the president of the International Automobile Federation.

Estrosi emphasized that the chosen circuit is an infrastructure recognized and appreciated by all teams and drivers.

 

The Wallaby XV have fallen to the French Barbarians side 19-11 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Friday morning in front of a 30,028 crowd.

In an historic match for Australian Rugby, the Wallaby XV showcased the past, present and future of the Wallabies, being comprised of former Australian Internationals currently plying their trade in Europe, promising young Wallabies squad members and a range of up-and-coming players with the potential to push for selection in the national team.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named the Wallaby XV squad ahead of their tour game against the French Barbarians in Bordeaux on Thursday 24 November.

Nineteen players have already assembled in Bordeaux with up to five extra players from the Qantas Wallabies squad to fly from Dublin on Tuesday night.

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The Wallabies showed their mettle to overcome a spirited French outfit 25-23 in a nailbiting match at Stade de France this morning. David Pocock, leading the Wallabies as captain for the first time since 2012, was instrumental in the victory forcing crucial turnovers and halting the French attack with his brick-wall defence.

The Wallabies won 12 turnovers compared to France's six, outshining the French in their commitment for the ball. The French however won the offloads tally, racking up 26, as their adventurous backline showed lightning pace and flair to slice through the Wallabies defence on several occasions.

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