It'll be nowt like the Crusaders situation; in that instance the RFL already had a ready made substitute in Wakefield. Parachuting Toulouse in at the 11th hour would be disastrous.
Having said that, the current franchise system will make it very hard for any new French side to survive and flourish.
What Toulouse really need if they're to stand any chance is a similar lead-in time to the Catalans, so they can sign players, put structures in place, build awareness etc.
It's ok saying that the RFL will have tipped them the wink anyway, but that isn't enough. The people of Toulouse need to know the team is coming too.
The Catalans entry model is possibly the only example of successful top level expansion in the entire history of UK rugby league. Why wouldn't you repeat a winning formula?
Well your right of course.
We are however well into the second year of a three year licensing period and no sign of an early nod for Toulouse so I'm not sure here, you or anyone else know how long a lead in Les Cats got???
But I'd still plead in mitigation that the further expansion to France would still be heavily used come the possible announcement "London are not getting a licence" by the simple riders "But don't worry Toulouse are" and "RL is moving forward on the international stage" and "Hemel and Skolars will continue to carry the flag for London".
Could I get a job as a PR script writer?