The elite really seems to be going from strength to strength, i see luke swain is to captain coach ASC, while daniel wagon is to captain coach Limoux and rumoured stanley gene to Villenvue. Fingers crossed Montpellier takes off.
Not all bad at Toulouse they have resigned most of there players, except for mitchell back to australia, wynn to FCL(rumours he will play for TO post elite) and mendes to ASC. Hearing Josh Lewis fringe nrl player (titans, tigers, sharks, roosters) is to join toulouse along with luke branigan. So they have keep there best forwards including Worth and the emerging star Tisserye. No way they are superleague ready but it builds depth for the national team slowly, to me it seems very shortsighted by many of the best of the elite not to play for toulouse but money talks, they should have made the play offs but lost there last 5 games, the nathan wynn loss derailed there season.
Audois what are you hearing of Kane Bentley another Superleague team or Toulouse.
As you say TO have re-signed most of last years squad so it appears committed to another year in the CC. There is talk that they will play NRC as well but unsure whether that is part of a unique French Pool or not. What partly did for them this year was they lost stand off Villegas and had no real replacement like last year when they lost Nathan Wynn mid season. Also lot was expected of Worrall and Duport which didn't materialise because of injuries.
Its interesting that you mention Branighan may land up there as I heard the same rumour Saturday night. Ditto that Kane Bentley may also land up there which would be a very good acquisition.
Yeah agree with you about wasted opportunities with some French lads snubbing the CC but some compensation with the arrival of the Roosters U20 and Catalans U18s. I think one the issues is the older players are already in fixed employment and getting time off every other week end just doesn't work. I think last year TO had about eight full time players including the overseas contingent.
Edited by audois, 27 August 2010 - 06:38 PM.