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Born a stones-throw from Thomond Park, Ian Moriarty cut his journalistic teeth writing for Midi Olympique in France. He is currently a freelance rugby writer and has been contributing to Scrum.com since 2008.
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Toulon v Castres, Top 14 Final, Stade de France, Paris, June 1
May 30, 2013:  Do Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon have anything left in the tank for the Top 14 finale and can they claim a rare double? Ian Moriarty previews the climax to the French season
French Rugby
May 15, 2013:  "Has there ever been such a large disconnect between France's club teams and the international side?" Ian Moriarty weighs up the state of French rugby
Six Nations - France Preview
Jan 24, 2013:  "Following a seven year hiatus, the mercurial Frédéric Michalak once again holds the key to France's Six Nations hopes." Ian Moriarty assesses Les Bleus' prospects
Heineken Cup
Oct 11, 2012:  "Toulon look as though they could have a serious bearing on the eventual destination of this season's Heineken Cup" Ian Moriarty previews France's assault on Europe's top prize
Top 14 Orange
Aug 15, 2012:  The Top 14, rugby's most famous war of attrition, makes its return on Friday with the title likely to be fought over by a decreasing number of clubs, reports Ian Moriarty
French Rugby Comment
Aug 9, 2012:  "Bourgoin's crime was that French professional rugby simply outgrew the club." Ian Moriarty traces the financial woes and decline of former Top 14 side Bourgoin
Six Nations
Jul 5, 2012:  France's plans for a new national rugby stadium will give the union the financial security it craves, even if it's unlikely it will be a hit with the fans. Ian Moriarty writes
Comment
May 22, 2012:  "Less is more - but try telling that to the owners of some of France's biggest clubs who seem set to transform the European rugby landscape." Ian Moriarty writes
Comment
Apr 30, 2012:  Clermont Auvergne's devastating Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Leinster was an opportunity lost for an ageing side, writes Ian Moriarty
Comment
Mar 27, 2012:  "The French have never been an easy bunch to read but the abject nature of their Six Nations performances was genuinely puzzling," writes Ian Moriarty
Six Nations comment
Mar 6, 2012:  "Saint-André's first mid-term report as France coach contains red ink and few gold stars but only the foolhardy would write them off against England." Ian Moriarty writes
Top 14 Orange
Jan 30, 2012:  Jonny Wilkinson contributed 25 points to Toulon's 50-point thumping of strugglers Bayonne but the former England fly-half was anything but happy with a team performance that was less impressive than the scoreline suggested
Six Nations
Jan 25, 2012:  "New coach Philippe Saint-André's no nonsense approach could reap rewards for the XV de France." Ian Moriarty assesses France's Six Nations prospects
Comment
Jan 17, 2012:  "The war of words between Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal and the LNR cast a shadow over last weekend's action but it could spell disaster for the club." Ian Moriarty writes
French Rugby
Dec 13, 2011:  "A two speed Europe beckons, with England's clubs in danger of being left behind their French counterparts." Ian Moriarty looks back at a good weekend for French rugby
Top 14 Orange
Dec 5, 2011:  Wales lock forward Luke Charteris looks set to play his club rugby alongside fellow international James Hook at Perpignan next season
Top 14
Nov 28, 2011:  Perpignan caretaker coach Bernard Goutta has appealed to supporters to remain calm after the Catalan side slumped to a 35-16 hammering at home at the hands of Stade Francais
Top 14 Orange
Nov 7, 2011:  Perpignan and France centre Maxime Mermoz has tipped his new team mate James Hook to be a success in French rugby after a sparkling debut performance against Toulouse on Saturday
Comment
Oct 26, 2011:  "In the end, the outcome was about right. No-one quite expected France to front up but to their credit, they did." writes Ian Moriarty
Top 14 Orange
Oct 24, 2011:  Former Biarritz and France fullback Nicolas Brusque has accused the club's players of going through the motions while waiting for the return of their World Cup stars
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