Top 14 Season Preview – 2014/15

'Orrible Punt

In the last 5 seasons Toulon, Montpellier, Clermont, Toulouse, Racing Metro and Castres have dominated the top 6.

Top 6 history

With previously established clubs Biarritz and Perpignan now relegated and Clermont and Toulouse both losing home knockout games last season, there has been a shift in power in the league.

2013/14 did see Stade Francais, Bordeaux Begles and Brive all threaten to break into that top 6 group though and with 8 points separating Toulouse in 4th to Brive in 9th it did prove to be a much closer competition than in previous years.

While it remained a league with a high home win rate (around 80% last season), there did seem to be a change in attitude in how away trips were approached and that combined with the promoted sides being tough to beat might explain the spread of points.

This season a new consideration for 7 of the clubs will…

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