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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 , October 3
Oyonnax vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Brive18:30
La Rochelle vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Grenoble18:30
Bayonne vs Montpellier18:30
Toulouse vs Stade Francais20:45
Friday , October 10
Grenoble vs Brive20:45
Saturday , October 11
Bordeaux-Begles vs Castres14:35
Lyon vs Bayonne15:00
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FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Saturday , September 27
Toulon 40 - 17 MontpellierToulon vs Montpellier Report
Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles
Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro ParisGrenoble vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne
Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle
Lyon 28 - 18 Castres
Friday , September 26
Bayonne 35 - 19 ToulouseBayonne vs Toulouse Report
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
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Overall 2014
Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Clermont Auvergne727
2Toulon724
3Stade Francais722
4Grenoble720
5Racing Metro Paris718