Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:02 PM
It all seems a bit lacking in ambition in some ways but the fact is the club will for the first time play in the NRC in 2011 which is progress. May be they've got other irons in the fire so to speak such as a better link up with the Catalans re-dual registrations which didn't happen last season. Having a former Toulouse man in charge Trent Robinson at the Dragons may facilitate this.
TO to give them credit have invested quite a lot in a centre of formation and a number of these younger players are slowly starting to emerge such as back rowers Tisseyre and Larroyer plus backs Bienes and Vignau all who debuted last year. Some of these lads are also getting senior experience playing in the local comp with St Gaudens as well as with the Federations Roosters U20s side.
One result also stood out this past weekend; Toulouse Jules Julian beating second division champions Palau which is further proof that something is building up around the city.
Saturday out at Albi waiting for the international I arrived early and wandered over to the Stadium annexe pitches and noted Lezignan U16s playing Toulouse. Normally wouldn't expect a lot from the latter as they dont do much at this level. But I was pleasantly surprised. FCL won comfortably because they had a better balance ; they had 17 decent players where as Toulouse just had about five reasonable lads including a super gifted stand off and a revelation of a lad at loose forward who the FCL could only contain by putting three markers on him. This black kid was superb. Classic physique. Athletic, tough and scored the best indiviudual try of the match running through the heart of the opponents defence stepping and handing off. Just hope they can keep a lad like that and he develops his potential. Will look for his appearance for French Cadets against English Schools in the Spring. Must be a cert on this performance.
Edited by audois, 27 October 2010 - 06:07 PM.
si tu (remi casty) devais envoyer un fax au president guasch?
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