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#1 Guest_sebastien_*

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 12:48 PM

Hi everybody

I'm French, from Toulouse, and Sunday there's a big rugby game (European quarter final) which is Toulouse(France) against Cardiff (Wales).
Does anyone knows where I could watch it in Melbourne??
I can pay a billion (at least) for this information

Thanks in advance

Seb the frog
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#2 kiwidan

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

Hey Seb are you still in Melbourne?

The Rugby World Cup is starting and we are all heading to watch it at the Royal Derby Hotel in Brunswick St Fitzroy
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#3 Ludlow1

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 06:59 PM

The game has a history in France which is almost as long as that in the Home Countries. Clubs were being formed by British expatriates to France almost as soon as the RFU was organized and native French teams teams came very soon after. It's not really surprising -- rugby is simply the version of "carry-the-ball" football which happened to get codified first. It was played all over Europe in various forms, and once a codified version became available it caught on quickly in France, particularly in the southern half of the country.

French -- and particularly southern French influence has always been strong in northern Italy (where rugby is strongest) and the border regions of Spain and the Basque-speaking region where teams like Biarritz and Perpignan draw their support. It was French influence which also brought the game to Romania, traditionally the strongest rugby nation outside of the Six Nations.

Frankly, I think it odd that France isn't considered one of the traditional "Home" nations.
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