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The French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the French National League (LNR) have proposed changes to World Rugby to lower the legal height of a tackle to waist level.
Stade Francais teenager Nicolas Chauvin has died after suffering a broken neck in an academy match for the French club.
France captain Guilhem Guirado will join Montpellier from Toulon at the end of the season.
Sevens arrives in Cape Town for the second leg of the 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series.
Fiji pulled off a remarkable Test triumph on Saturday with their first win over France, getting home 21-14 in front of a stunned Stade de France crowd.
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