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Changes afoot in the Top 14

30th April 2014 12:17

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fight Top 14 Grenoble vs Racing Metro

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.

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FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Friday , August 15
Bayonne vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , August 16
Clermont Auvergne vs Grenoble14:45
Brive vs La Rochelle18:30
Bordeaux-Begles vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Stade Francais18:30
Toulouse vs Oyonnax18:30
Montpellier vs Racing Metro Paris20:45
Friday , August 22
Toulouse vs Castres20:45
Saturday , August 23
Brive vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Toulon vs La Rochelle18:30
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Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon2677
2Montpellier2676
3Clermont Auvergne2673
4Toulouse2669
5Racing Metro Paris2669