A few thousand:) i only wish make that a few dozen.In my estimation the total number of french RL fans numbers around 12000 max which is pretty much what used to turn up for the lord derby cup finals day (This used to be the last match of the season) where they would also hold many of the junior finals so mums and dads came etc.I would estimate (Outside of the dragons) you are looking at.Limoux 800Lezignan 1000Carcassonne 1500Villneneurve 600Pia 300St Esteve 400Avignon 600Toulouse 800Lescure 500Thats 6500 + floaters and smaller clubsCM
6-7 Years ago around 1,000 people watched RL in Perpignan every week. Now the dragons get 8-9,000 locals watching. According to your logic, 8,000 of these are bogus RL fans. If Toulouse had a SL club in the top 4 they would be getting 6-8,000 every week. That would make 15k plus watching clubs in 2 towns alone.
No-one knows how many RL fans are in France because the structure isn't in place to get them down to watch. If France were in a w/c final played in Toulouse then you would be getting 35k plus in the main stadium. But, of course, half of these would have turned up by mistake.
Warrington are taking 25,000 to the GF today yet only 10,000 turn up at Warrington every week. Your logic for this is stupid. I was at a LD cup final a few years ago and there were around 4-5,000 fans in club colours cheering for Villeneurve - yet you say they have only got 1500 people in France who follow RL from that town.
Edited by Scubby, 06 October 2012 - 11:57 AM.