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If you’re a rugby media junkie, then a reward of 36 newspaper pages awaits you twice a week if you know French and are interested in rugby of all kinds in France. The newspaper is called “Midi Olympique”; a bi-weekly, all rugby, all the time publication with a circulation of 90,000 sales for each issue. (Compare this to the UK magazine “Rugby World’s” 50,000 monthly newsstand sales.)
Founded in 1929, Midi is the second oldest continuing weekly newspaper in France, ranking next in longevity to the political satire sheet, “Le Canard Enchainé.” It is published on yellow paper in a “red” version on Monday, and a “green” issue on Friday. Both editions come in 36-pages.
Inside are pages of match reports, interviews, and league standings from the Top 14 down to regional sides, including also coverage of women and youth. It also devotes a page to Rugby League identified as “Rugby XIII.”
The issue of Monday, January 16 covered the weekend’s two major events, the Champion’s Cup and the Challenge Cup. The former is the playoffs for the first ranked professional teams (i.e.; Saracens, Racing 92, Leinster, Clermont, etc.) in five pools for the European title. The latter comprises the secondary clubs and within this competition are two eastern European sides, Krasnoyarsk, the Russian pro league winner, and Timisoara, winners from Romania.
In 2000, the newspaper offered online reporting at www.Rugbyrama.fr.