Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rugby League News


Escare out as France name 18-man squad for Ireland clash

Morgan Escare is one of Super League's best full-backs but misses out through injury

French boss Richard Agar has named his 18-man squad for this Saturday’s game against Ireland in the European Championship. Catalan Dragons’ star full-back Morgan Escare has been omitted after failing to recover from a hip injury. Despite losing their best player, the French are still clear favourites to win the competition. France’s 18-man squad to face Ireland Jean-Philippe Baile (St ... Read More »

Six newcomers in French train-on squad


Eight of the Catalan Dragons, who were one match away from the Super League Grand Final, have been named in coach Richard Agar’s initial France squad for the 2014 European Championship, the winners of which will secure a place in the 2016 Four Nations Tournament. Jason Baitieri leads the side but Catalan returnee for 2015 Remi Casty, who has been ... Read More »

Rugby League European Championship fixtures announced


France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will meet each other in the autumn after the draw was confirmed for the 2014 European Championships. The winners will qualify for the 2016 Four Nations tournament to be held in the northern hemisphere. It will be a re-entry into the Test arena for all four after the 2013 World Cup where the Scots, particularly, ... Read More »

Wood stands firm on French expansion

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood has confirmed the game’s governing body is in discussions with the French Federation about bringing Toulouse into the Championship. Wood told “There’s been discussions about the inclusion of a second French club in the competition for some time and we’ve been in discussions with the French Federation. “At this stage there is nothing to ... Read More »

French Rugby League: Toulouse surrender to Catalans

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

French Rugby League roundup: Toulouse continue to frustrate their supporters as they let slip a 20-10 half-time lead to go down 38-26 at home to St Estève-XIII Catalan. After losing last week at bottom club Avignon, Toulouse appeared to be making amends by taking control of a testing game against the Catalans, who, it must be said, included a number ... Read More »

Full Time Report: England 34 France 6

England ground out the required victory to take them to a semi-final encounter against the Kiwis at Wembley on Saturday. Steve McNamara’s side only added two second half tries but defended for long periods against a French side who were unable to unlock their defence. England’s first try of the second half came from Sean O’Loughlin, a Rangi Chase kick ... Read More »

Half Time Report: England 22 France 6

Tries from wingers Josh Charnley and Ryan Hall got England on the front foot in their quarter-final tie against France at the DW Stadium. Charnley and Hall each crossed twice in the first half hour as England fought back from an early setback. Although the French lost Kane Bentley through injury in the first minute they opened the scoring when ... Read More »

Barthau proud of French resistance

William Barthau is proud of the resilience that his team showed in their Rugby League World Cup 2013 Group B campaign, as France look ahead to their Quarter-Final tie with England at the DW Stadium, Wigan, on Saturday (8.00pm). Pooled in a tough group alongside Papua New Guinea, Samoa and defending World Cup champions New Zealand, France qualified for the ... Read More »

McNamara: Don’t take France lightly

England coach Steve McNamara has told his side not to be complacent when they take on France in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final in Wigan. The English go into the game heavy favourites, having dispatched their cross-Channel opposition 44-6 and 48-4 in their last two meetings. McNamara doesn’t think it will be plain sailing this time, though: “I think Richard [coach, ... Read More »

Full Time Report: France 6 Samoa 22

England will play France in the quarter finals on Saturday evening at Wigan following Samoa’s 22-6 victory in Perpignan. The Samoans will face Fiji in Warrington on Sunday to complete the quarter final line-up. A superb individual try from fullback Anthony Milford set the Samoans on their way in the second half. France centre Jean-Philippe Baile went near in the ... Read More »