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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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May 18, 2010:  "If everyone in life called a spade a spade, what would we call Pierre Villepreux, the man credited with the reinvention of French rugby in the 1980s?" Ian Moriarty writes
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May 17, 2010:  Outspoken Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has once again put the spotlight on French refereeing standards following some controversial decisions in his side's 29-35 defeat to Clermont Auvergne in Saturday's Top 14 semi-final
Top 14 - Newspaper Review
May 10, 2010:  Racing Metro director of rugby Pierre Berbizier has been cited for comments made following his side's narrow 21-17 loss to Clermont Auvergne in Friday night's Top 14 playoff match
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Apr 27, 2010:  "What would European rugby and Toulouse be like without the great Guy Noves? Once more this weekend, Toulouse are the bookies' favourites." Ian Moriarty writes
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Apr 26, 2010:  Stade Francais gave everyone a little reminder of their firepower on Saturday with a comprehensive 41-17 hammering of local rivals Racing Metro
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Apr 19, 2010:  Beating the champions 33-23 in front of 57,000 to go to the summit of the Top 14 wasn't a dream - yet Toulon owner Mourad Boudjallel must have been pinching himself on Saturday evening after his side's victory over Perpignan
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Mar 29, 2010:  All the latest from the Top14, with Stade Francais sinking further into the mire
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Mar 23, 2010:  "Marc Lièvremont understands that there's plenty of hard work ahead if France are to lift their first World Cup. He now knows he has the players , but can he find the consistency?" Ian Moriarty writes
Top 14 - Newspaper Review
Mar 15, 2010:  Toulon scrum-half Pierre Mignoni has declared that the 'sky is the limit' following their 19-6 victory over Top 14 leaders Castres on Saturday
Top 14 - Newspaper Review
Mar 8, 2010:  Stade Francais coach Jacques Delmas was predictably downbeat after watching his side's 29-0 defeat to bitter rivals Toulouse in front of 79,000 at the Stade de France
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Feb 23, 2010:  "With a new disciplinary body in place, which is capable of overturning sanctions received in IRB competitions, French rugby is moving into dangerous territory." Ian Moriarty writes
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Feb 22, 2010:  Toulon coach Philippe Saint-André could scarcely conceal his delight after watching his side snatch a crucial 6-3 win at Toulouse's Stade Ernest Wallon
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Feb 16, 2010:  "As the All Blacks can testify, France are always capable of a spectacular one-off, but was last weekend's victory over Ireland the first, fresh, tangible evidence of a new French Revolution?" Ian Moriarty writes
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Jan 12, 2010:  "Only a Six Nations Championship win will prove if Marc Lièvremont is taking France in the right direction." Ian Moriarty writes
Top 14 - Newspaper Review
Jan 11, 2010:  Toulouse coach Guy Noves could not conceal his disappointment following his side's 15-16 loss to Clermont Auvergne on Sunday
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Jan 5, 2010:  With double wins in the bag for Castres Olympique, Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne in the last week or so, there's been little change at the summit of the Top 14
Top 14
Dec 18, 2009:  "The Top 14's new salary cap will do little to limit the financial muscle of the big French clubs." Ian Moriarty writes
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Dec 9, 2009:  "An insane domestic calendar could once again derail the hopes of Top 14 teams in the Heineken Cup." Ian Moriarty writes
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Dec 7, 2009:  It was a weekend of upsets in the Top 14 as Albi, Bourgoin, Brive and Montauban all celebrated wins against more illustrious opponents
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Nov 27, 2009:  The feel-good factor might have returned to French rugby following their win against the Springboks but LNR (Ligue National de Rugby) president Pierre-Yves Revol has not had the easiest of weeks in the job
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