well scubby that's a new excuse for having another french team in SL, just face the stark reality that there are just not enough good french RL players to form two competetive teams!! without copious amounts of antipodeans.............................
These are not excuses they are facts. If every SL took on 2-3 French juniors and took them into their academy set-up there would be a healthy number of SL players born in France. SL clubs are not England or bothered about the International game so couldn't be ar**d to do something like this. French juniors will not migrate to England like NZ juniors do and there has to be systems in place to support them.
There isn't so the next step is to offer full-time opportunities in France through a second SL team. You do know that the Aussie Schoolboys which whooped England Academy 2-0 this summer lost to France juniors last autumn? But I suppose they were all Aussies and Kiwis.
As was said above, juniors either go to part-time Elite 1 or drift away. They may get picked up by Catalans. Also what is wrong with having a core of 8-10 imports (English or Aussies) in the first few seasons. Hull KR got promoted in 2007 and 5 years later still have a side filled with them.
Edited by Scubby, 06 November 2012 - 12:40 PM.