The defining moments of 2014

Date published: January 1 2015

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We look back at the moments which – for better or for worse – made 2014 a year to remember.

January

1 January: Welsh rugby is in crisis as the four regions confirm they will not sign a new participation agreement with the WRU leaving the union and the regional game at loggerheads to start the year.

4 January: Alipate Ratini’s intercepts a Jonny Wilkinson pass to give Grenoble a shock win at Toulon. Bernard Laporte reacts angrily in the following days accusing referee Laurent Cardona of being “incompetent” and “hopeless.”

8 January: Australia captain Ben Mowen announces he will be moving to France at the end of the season, calling time on his international career as a result of a move to Montpellier.

23 January: Leigh Halfpenny confirms he will be joining Toulon for the 2014/15 season. The Welsh full-back signs a two-year deal off the back of his man of the series performances for the Lions in Australia in 2013.

25 January: Sam Warburton becomes the first player to sign a central contract with the WRU. The contract would later become a dual contract after the union and the regions came to an agreement in August.

February

1 February: France edge out England in a thriller on the opening weekend of the Six Nations. Stuart Lancaster’s side overcome a 16-3 deficit and look set for victory only for Ga

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