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Changes afoot in the Top 14

30th April 2014 12:17

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Three yellows equals a ban

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has on Wednesday announced several changes to the Top 14 league format that will kick in from next season.

Instead of the losing bonus-point being given for finishing seven points or less behind the winning the team, that margin has been reduced to five.

There is also a one-match suspension for any player that is brandished with three yellow cards in an attempt to reduce foul play and up tempo.

Meanwhile, there's a boost to teams who boast international stars as during pre-season, a group of 30 players will be named in the France squad, which will lead to an extra €100,000 per player being granted to a Top 14 side's salary cap. That cap has been frozen at €10 million next season.

In other positives to clubs who lose players to the national set-up, compensation paid to them is set for an increase from €550 to €1,300 per day.

  • Top 14 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne vs MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle vs Toulouse14:45
Castres vs BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Preview
Lyon vs Brive18:30
Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Oyonnax vs Stade Francais18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon20:45
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
Saturday , September 6
Brive vs Toulouse14:45
Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris17:00
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Recent Results
FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Saturday , August 23
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle
Montpellier 20 - 17 GrenobleMontpellier vs Grenoble Report
Friday , August 22
Toulouse 35 - 6 CastresToulouse vs Castres Report
Saturday , August 16
Clermont Auvergne 30 - 26 GrenobleClermont Auvergne vs Grenoble Report
Toulouse 20 - 19 Oyonnax
Castres 22 - 25 Stade Francais
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Overall 2014
Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon29
2Toulouse29
3Clermont Auvergne28
4Bordeaux-Begles28
5Stade Francais28