The Tampon Newsletter!


This is the 10th edition of our annual rugby magazine Tampon!, with Antoine Dupont , new boss of French and world rugby, on the cover.

And like every year, for the occasion, we are adding a few additional photos to our special oval collection in the store ( already well stocked ). But before presenting them to you one by one, know that you can buy them individually. Or better, that we offer you the magazine . Finally, we put together boxes in which the new issue of Tampon is offered in exchange for the purchase of a large print. Instead, aim.

So, are you ready to travel through time and the world, from 1951 to 2015, via Dunedin and New Zealand?


Bending .” “ Link .” " Game " ! You are immersed in a melee. Around you, trunks weighing more than 100 kilos. Bodies intertwine, then collide. Face to face, Irish (in green) and Italians (in blue). Scene of this clash, the Dunedin stadium and the Rugby World Cup. Date of the bitter battle: October 2, 2011. At the sight of this photo, we almost feel the push and the adrenaline running through them. And we imagine the incredible force produced by this human creature. In the end, the Irish won 13 to 11. But the main thing is elsewhere.

The VI Nations tournament was not always played between… six nations. There was a time when it was played between five countries (France, Wales, Scotland, England & Ireland) and was therefore called the V Nations tournament. It was before 2000 and the integration of Italy. Already at that time, the French and the Welsh were engaged in great battles. Like the 1994 tournament, where the French title holders and players of the XV du Poireau offered the Arms Park public a high-level match, punctuated by 4 tries. Solidarity on this maul where no opponent appears, the French led by the robust Abdelatif Benazzi and a whole generation of strong fellows must bow that day (24-15) against the future winner. #relay crossing.

Several images remain of the 1999 New Zealand-France semi-final, known as the “Miracle of Twickenham”. The double test of the Jonah Lomu bus (over 100 kg which eliminates 13 French defenders), the contrast with the two French wingers Christophe Dominici (1.72m for 85 kg) and Philippe Bernat-Salles (78 kg), the 33-0 inflicted by the French between the 45th and 75th minutes, and the scenes of joy at the end of what still remains one of the biggest surprises in the history of sport (some bookmakers did not even offer a victory for the Blues to the punters). One of them is the celebration of Olivier Magne, miming standing at attention with his tongue out , in front of a delighted Philippe Bernat-Salles displaying the V for victory with both hands.

He has reason to be the Philippe, since a few moments earlier (75th minute), he came to bring the score to 24-43 after an incredible rush started in the French twenty-two, following a loss of ball from the All Blacks . Lamaison hits hard to follow, Magne in the duel with Wilson extends it with the tip of his foot before PBS and his chicken calves overtake them, take advantage of a new favorable rebound and flatten despite the return of Wilson . The best thing about this photo is that we can already see the winger's smile . The ultimate symbol that “impossible is not French”.

<February 24, 1951. Twickenham. V Nations tournament. France faces England . Before kick-off, we take a team photo . Team to whom we would like to pay tribute today with this magnificent, superbly preserved black & white photo. Glory then, from top to bottom and from left to right, to Lucien Mias, Henri Fourès, Pierre Bertrand, René Biénès, Pierre Pascalin, René Bernard, Jean Prat, Alain Porthault, Georges Brun, Guy Basquet, Roger Arcalis, Michel Pomathios, Guy Belletante, André Alvarez and Gérard Dufau . Here we capture the team spirit, camaraderie and passion that drives these amateur players. The final score? 11 to 3 for our Blues. Long live France !

To wade in the slush you need rubber boots ,” sang Petula Clark. She forgets to specify that screwed rugby cleats represent a credible alternative. This is evidenced by this photograph taken during the final of the 1981 Hospitals Cup , considered the oldest rugby competition in the world (it began in 1874), which pitted six teams from the most prestigious London medical schools against each other . Here, on the pitch at Rosslyn Park in Roehampton , it sees students from St Mary's Hospital and London Hospital compete . The final will be won that day by the first, who today have 32 victories, a record.

Yep, another black and white shot . The photo is from 1966 . And features an Australian team training session . More precisely a beautiful pass in full flight from scrum half Ken Catchpole , as if suspended in the air, in front of the colorful posts of the pitch planted in the middle of London's Finsbury municipal park . Another era.

How to finish this special selection for the release of Tampon ! other than with a New Zealand haka, a Maori warrior dance that has become the world-famous symbol of the best rugby team in the world ? Led by substitute Keven Mealamu , it takes place in the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup against the French XV at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. On the road which will take them to the supreme title for the 3rd time, the All Blacks pulverize that day (62-13) the Blues (who are playing in red for the occasion) with no less than nine tries. You can see it from the expression on Dan Carter's or Savea's face right behind him that it wasn't the day to bother them.

So much for the new batch of iconic rugby photographs!
Not bad huh ? But that shouldn’t make you forget the old gems from our Tampon collection! Notably our best-seller, Christophe Dominici's essay during that same crazy semi-final against the Blacks in 99, with Lomu in the background.

As well as the transformation of another pillar of the France team, from the 70s and 80s this time, namely Serge Blanco, during a V Nations match on Irish soil. Please note that at the time there was no tee to hold the ball and it was necessary to make a small stabilizing hole in the lawn....
All these photographs have been available on the store since March 1 at 00:01

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